City, DownTown Issaquah Association need citizens for parking study

November 15, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 15, 2011

The city and the DownTown Issaquah Association volunteers should start fanning out across downtown in the days ahead to determine if the historic district needs more parking.

Municipal officials and representatives from the merchants group, partnered to conduct a downtown parking study to understand the demand for existing public and private parking stalls.

The effort is meant to update a 1998 downtown parking study. The city should release results from the latest effort early next year.

Throughout the study, volunteers plan to check downtown stalls’ occupancy. The effort runs at 9 a.m., noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. If weather causes delays, organizers plan to reschedule the survey until later in November.

Organizers need four people to head out on foot in four quadrants of downtown for four times period on three days. Each quadrant should take about one hour to cover.

Organizers need to fill 48 one-hour shifts. Contact city Planning Manager Dave Favour at 837-3090 or davef@ci.issaquah.wa.us to volunteer for the study.

In addition to the survey, the city is asking citizens to complete a questionnaire about downtown parking issues.

The latest proposal to study downtown parking germinated in May as the City Council set goals for 2012.

The council called for the city to join the DownTown Issaquah Association or the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce to determine options for a structured parking study. Issues related to downtown parking — a headache during ArtWalk, Fenders on Front Street and other summertime events — emerged as the top priority at the council’s goal-setting retreat.

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