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City of Yakima Plans to Add 60 More Parking Spots Downtown

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YAKIMA, WA. -- The City of Yakima is preparing to make it's second big wave of changes to downtown parking such as adding more spots on Fourth Street by changing the parallel spots to diagonal spots. But one of the biggest changes to downtown parking could come from across the street where the city has a tentative agreement to use the former Yakima Mall parking garage.

In October, the city added 140 parking spots downtown. Now they'll be adding 60 more on 4th Street and Chestnut Street.

Hundreds more could be used for special events in the former Yakima Mall parking garage. Right now the city only a verbal agreement with the owner.

It's all in response to some complaints about losing parking spaces for the planned downtown plaza. City Economic Manager Sean Hawkins thinks parking won't be a problem even after the new plaza is built.

"There's just a number of things we can do," Hawkins said. "If parking is really the issue downtown, we can get creative. There are so many ways to find solutions to these issues and we have the number of spaces."   

The new parking plan hopes to improve parking safety as well. New lights will be added in three city owned lots at Y-PAC, the police department and at the Barrell House lot.

The plan will also add a nighttime security patrol for Friday and Saturday nights

Hawkins says the overall parking plan will cost $250,000 but the work will be quick getting started in the next couple weeks and hopefully finishing by May 1st.