Northampton parking system resumes; time limits, fees enforced

Hampshire County

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Northampton’s parking system will restart beginning Monday.

According to a news release sent to 22News, all time limits and fees for on-street and off-street parking throughout the city will be enforced by parking officials. This decision came after a greater demand for parking as businesses begin to reopen as part of Governor Baker’s reopening plan.

“Across the city, people have understandably been parking for longer periods of time in prime spots our businesses need to turn over every two hours. Getting the system going now and resuming enforcement is the right thing to do in advance of students returning to the area in late August, even if at reduced levels.”

Mayor Narkewicz

Parking officials have been observing non-fee related parking restrictions such as handicap parking, no parking zones, parking in crosswalks, spaces reserved for city officials and more. Residents are encouraged to read and abide by parking signs to avoid being ticketed.

PARKING LOTS

E. John Gare Parking Garage

The garage is located at the end of Armory Street, which can be reached via Pleasant Street or Hampton Avenue. The garage has a capacity of more than 430 vehicles on four levels of clean and safe parking. There is a convenient covered walkway from the Parking Garage to Thornes Marketplace on the second level. The parking garage is open 24 hours a day. The first hour is free, and parking is $0.75 per hour after that. You have the option to pay in cash or with a credit card. MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover cards are accepted.

***It is important to keep track of the entry ticket that is issued when you enter the garage. You will need this to pay and exit the garage. A non-refundable lost ticket fee of $20 is charged for a lost ticket.

Gothic Street Parking Structure

Located directly across from the Hampshire County Courthouse the Gothic St parking structure is open for public parking after 5pm on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends. The cost is $0.75 per hour, a pay-by-plate kiosk is located inside the structure.

Municipal Parking Lots

City parking lots are equipped with pay-by-plate kiosks. When you park in one of the city lots, look for the nearest green pay kiosks. Coins and credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover) are accepted at pay kiosks. Please follow the directions displayed on the screen. Depending on how much time you will be in the downtown area, short-term (3 hours maximum) and long-term lots are available for your use. Long-term lots and the parking garage are the best options if you are unsure how long you will be in town (you may want to build in a little extra time for running into friends on Main Street or stopping for a cappuccino).

Free Commuter Parking

There is a free commuter parking lot at Sheldon Field, off of Bridge Street, available and convenient for people carpooling or commuting via the PVTA over the Coolidge Bridge. There is also a small parking lot owned by the Commonwealth by the entrance to the Norwottuck Rail Trail on Damon Road for use of the Rail Trail.

Downtown Parking

Downtown Northampton has on-street pay-by-plate kiosks and traditional meters. Metered parking in city lots and on city streets is enforced Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m – Sundays and Holidays are free.

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