Friday, February 3, 2023

Heading downtown? It might cost you more to park

The city is looking to amend its fee schedule, including downtown parking

Parking rates in Wilmington could be on the rise if City Council approves an amendment to city fees (Port City Daily photo/File)
Parking rates in Wilmington could be on the rise if City Council approves an amendment to city fees (Port City Daily file photo)

WILMINGTON—The City of Wilmington’s City Council will decide just how much it will cost visitors to park in Downtown. Council will vote on an ordinance that would amend the fee schedule for several items, including the cost of parking in Downtown on Tuesday.

For the 2nd Street Parking Deck and the Market Street Parking Deck, monthly unreserved single spaces would increase from $55 to $60, and a monthly reserved space will cost $110, which is up from the current $100. Uncovered rooftop reserved rates would increase from $30, to $35.

Hourly rates could also be changed, if council approves the changes. Currently, visitors pay $1 per hour, with the first hour free.

The amended ordinance would increase the amount of time free from 1 hour to 1.5 hours. For two hours it would cost $2. Three hours would cost $3, four hours would cost $4, and it would cost $5 for up to five hours. From 5 to 12 hours would cost $8 with a $10 daily maximum. The current daily maximum is $8.

Parking meters would also see an increase in rates if approved. Currently, city operated meters for short-term parking cost $1.25 per hour, the rates would increase to $1.50 an hour, according to a draft of the new ordinance.


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