Parking in downtown sioux falls is about to undergo some major changes. The city announced new plans for public parking staff, and a mobile app to help direct you where to go.
Downtown Sioux Falls is now changing the way you park. Today the city unveiled it's plans to re-invent the look and ease of parking downtown.
One change the public will see is new signs, which will all have a more uniform look of blue and yellow.
"We have a few hundred signs downtown. Just on our parking facilities and on the streets. But imagine how much better downtown as a whole is going to look with a cleaner more professional look and more consistent throughout," Darrin Smith, Director of Community Development said.
Currently there are 9 full-time city staff members working downtown. Those personnel will also be seeing some changes. Not only will they be getting new, bright yellow uniforms, they will also be given a new title, Parking Authority Liaison.
"We want them to become known as PAL. They're your PAL when you come downtown. If you need to know where a business is, a parking space a ramp, a lot. Whatever it is you need to know, find your PAL downtown," Smith said.
PALs will undergo special training to deal with patrons in a positive way. If you can't find a PAL there is a new mobile site, SiouxFallsParking.org, to help.
"How can we help people find exactly where they can go to park. And then literally walk them right to that parking space. That's what we want to do. And that's what we feel we've accomplished," said Smith.
Other technological advances are the new electronic meters that accept credit or debit cards, a new way to pay for parking leases online, and a new automated system to pay for parking in city ramps.
The city hopes these advances will make the downtown area a better place to explore.
"We have a great system downtown, we can make it better. I think we have. And we need to help invite the users in to use that again more effectively and more efficiently," Smith said.
Smith says parking meter costs should not go up.
They did not have total costs for the entire project, but estimated at least $60,000.