Downtown Parking Study

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Project Report:

The City has completed its Downtown Parking Study Report. To review the report, please click on the link below.

Downtown Parking Study - February 2022

Project Background:

The City of Puyallup is conducting a study of parking in downtown Puyallup (Downtown Parking Study Area). This is a very important issue for many downtown businesses and residents of Puyallup, and the City wants to get your thoughts and feedback. This website will be the main hub for information as the study progresses. We have and will continue to post regular updates on our progress. If you would like to be kept up to date about the study, as well as additional opportunities to provide input, please sign up for the email list below!

Parking Study Phases:

Phase 1:
The Puyallup Downtown Parking Study is divided into two phases. This first phase focused on collecting background data and public feedback to understand the community’s priorities for parking and current problem areas downtown.  As part of this phase, the City sent out a survey in Fall 2020 to gauge community priorities for how parking is managed downtown. The project team collected feedback from 534 respondents and developed a data collection plan based on this feedback. In addition to a survey, the project team had multiple one-on-one interviews with business owners and residents of downtown. To review the results of the survey and interviews, please consult our Study document above.

Phase 2:
The second phase focused on collecting data, developing a parking strategy toolbox, and presenting recommendations to the public for additional input. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parts of this phase were delayed and had to be modified to account for accurate data collection. For instance, parking usage data was collected during the pre-pandemic years 2016 through 2019 in order to capture an accurate picture of downtown parking trends.

Public Input Opportunities:

This section contains information on current and upcoming opportunities to provide input and ideas about parking in downtown Puyallup. Check back for current opportunities or an update on when the next feedback opportunity will be available. We would appreciate your feedback on our first survey, focusing on parking priorities in Downtown Puyallup. 

We are grateful for your feedback on our first survey, focusing on parking priorities in Downtown Puyallup. A few key findings from the survey are summarized below:

  • Most people parking in downtown would prefer to keep parking free, with location and convenience of parking also being high priorities.
  • Many citizens felt that availability of parking could be improved, particularly for downtown businesses.
  • Parking availability for employees and commuters is a particular issue, with many opting to park on street or in other spaces that would normally be taken up by customers.
  • Several respondents recommended leveraging existing underutilized private and public parking lots to better serve the community.
  • Many respondents also emphasized that parking should be safe and comfortable to access.

In addition to the survey, we launched an interactive webmap, where residents and business owners could provide input on specific locations where parking could be improved. To view the results of the webmap, please consult our study document above. 

Email List Invite:

If you would like to stay in the loop on the Downtown Parking project, join our email list! Just provide your email using the link below, and we will keep you informed on workshops, surveys, and other project updates. Your email will only be used for updates on this project and other City of Puyallup projects, you may unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of each email.

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