Cleveland City Council approves price increases at various garages, lots

Published: Sep. 19, 2023 at 6:59 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2023 at 7:05 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Prices at various city-owned parking garages and lots will soon be going up.

Cleveland City Council members approved the price hike at a Municipal Services and Properties Committee meeting Monday morning.

This includes the Muni Lot, where special event parking went from $30 to up to $70.

The daily maximum at the Willard Park Garage behind Cleveland City Hall goes from $15 to $20.

The free parking time at the West Side Market lot during market hours goes from 90 minutes to 60 minutes.

The legislation also gives more variance to meter parking.

The language says meters in the downtown area can now vary from one to eight dollars and have the option to charge on Saturdays and Sundays.

“It’s too high, ridiculous,” said Danica Vanhorn. “I have family members who refuse to come downtown and park down here; I’ve had to meet family members on another block or another street because they don’t want to park down here; you know it’s ridiculous, even to park for 15 minutes it’s ridiculous.”

People living downtown say the parking is already high enough to draw concerns about the prices pushing people away from the area.

The city says lots are relying on subsidies to pay for expenses and believes increased prices will help cover the costs not currently met by parkers.