January 05, 2018 12:08 PM
Those looking to find a parking space in downtown St. Paul can now get a little digital help directing them to an open spot.
That's because the city officially unveiled a new web feature Friday, designed to help people more easily find parking in the downtown area.
Users who visit stpaul.gov/parking and enter their destination will find nearby on-street and ramp parking options.
It also features an interactive map identifying ramps and meters, parking rates (standard and event), the ability to reserve parking spots in select ramps, directions to ramps selected, contract parking availability, overnight, residential, permit and disability parking tips and rules and quick access to downloading an app to pay for parking meters.
The city recommends bookmarking the website address to make it more accessible. It is being billed as a web app and is not available in the app store, said Joe Ellickson, the marketing and public relations manager for the city's Department of Public Works.
"We had a soft launch last week to make sure it was working successfully," Ellickson said. "But (Friday) is the first day we're ready to let everyone know it's up and running."
The app comes in advance of the St. Paul Winter Carnival, which runs from Jan. 25 to Feb. 10, and Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which is expected to bring an influx of visitors to both Minneapolis and St. Paul.
"That's one of the reasons, but there is always a lot happening in downtown St. Paul," Ellickson said. "And we wanted to have a tool that makes parking easier for people."
Updated: January 05, 2018 12:08 PM
Created: January 05, 2018 10:52 AM
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