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140 New Parking Spots Added Downtown to Help Ease Concerns

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YAKIMA, WA. -- There are some new parking spaces Friday in downtown Yakima The City of Yakima changed hundreds of spots from parallel to angled parking in response to complaints from residents. 

There are now 140 new parking spaces in the heart of downtown Yakima. The switch from parallel to angled parking, freed up the space for the new spots. The change caused the city to reduce some low traffic streets from two lanes to one lane.

You can find these new spots right around where the planned downtown plaza will be located on Chestnut Street between 1st and 4th Streets and on Sergeant Pendleton Way near city hall. 

Yakima city officials say the change is in direct response to people raising concerns about the loss of spaces with the planned downtown plaza. 

"Well I think we've worked very very hard to address the perceived parking issue," Economic Development Manager Sean Hawkins said. "And we're going to continue to work on our other projects."

The striping caused some delays over the last two days as the workers used about 15 gallons of paint. And they aren't done yet. Originally, the plan was to finish work Friday, but more needs to be done.

So expect more of those same delays around downtown early next week. But in the end there will be a lot of new parking that will hopefully help to alleviate that parking issue.