Parking Rules & Free Parking Locations for Downtown CR Streets

Courtesy Cedar Rapids Downtown District & City of Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - Beginning Thursday morning (July 3), Cedar Rapids Police will ticket and/or tow vehicles in violation of parking ordinances with discretion to be used under the following criteria.

The intent of the enforcement is to improve public safety and make it easier for equipment and trucks to continue to eliminate the debris piles from downtown. Please follow these rules and together we will work to keep things safe and get downtown back to normal.

ON 2ND AND 3RD AVENUES: Parking is allowed in the parking lane and in SOME PARTS of the outside traffic lanes on both sides of the street. The two middle traffic lanes must remain open for through traffic. Vehicles or equipment parked in the middle two lanes will be ticketed and/or moved. Parking also is prohibited in the marked zones near the Dumpsters so there's enough room for trucks to get the Dumpsters in and out.

ON 2ND STREET: Only vehicles specifically needed for cleanup on 2nd Street will be allowed. Contractors involved in cleanup must keep one lane open. Please keep unnecessary vehicles off of this street between First and Fourth avenues.

ON ALL OTHER DOWNTOWN STREETS: Please observe normal parking rules. Keep construction equipment on the parking lanes and keep the lanes of traffic open. Violators will be ticketed and/or moved.
CONTRACTORS, WORKERS, BUSINESS OWNERS and OTHER DOWNTOWN VISITORS - If your vehicle is not absolutely necessary for the work you are doing, PLEASE park in any of the Downtown parking ramps. All have been reopened. They are free and available for your use.

PLEASE OBSERVE THESE RULES OR RISK A TICKET OR A TOW.

Several city-owned parking facilities were affected by the flood. The following facilities are open for parkers:

- Five Seasons Parkade
- Third Avenue Parkade
- Fourth Avenue Parkade
- GTC Parkade
- Lot 44 south of 8th Avenue
- Lot 20 along 1st St. SW
- Plus, the lots under the interstate

In an effort to reduce vehicle congestion in the downtown area while the cleanup and rebuilding effort is in progress, the City requests that vehicles that are not necessary for removal of debris or cleanup be parked in one of the city-owned parking garages or parking lots downtown. Parking in these facilities will be at no cost for the months of July and August. We will re-evaluate the parking situation for the months beyond August.
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