Staff from the Public Works and Planning departments are working with community members to examine the parking needs of the River Market. In late 2016, Smart Growth America lead a free workshop funded by a Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant from the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. The City’s overall goal is to improve effectiveness of parking management and ensure that municipal parking resources are used in a manner that support public parking, public transit, multi-modal transportation and River Market economic growth and development. The next steps document linked below is a list of priorities and a recommended timeline for implementation in the River Market as drafted by Smart Growth America. City staff and River Market representatives are committed to continue to work on Kansas City solutions to a nationwide challenge.
Next Steps Memo:
City’s response to first deadline in Next Steps Memo (last updated August 2, 2017):
- River Market Meters: The City has solicited a parking meter demonstration in efforts to select a vendor to partner with for future on-street parking equipment options. Four vendors will participate in a 90 day demo(in River Market, the Crossroads and the Central Business District). In the River Market, eight multi-space meter installs are expected to occur in mid August. They will be located along the perimeter of the City Market, adjacent to city-owned property- from Grand Boulevard to 5th Street and from Main to 3rd Street. The pay rate will be $1 an hour- with a 2 hour maximum. See the map below for meter locations.
- The City has budgeted for enhanced parking enforcement and has made a solicitation for a 3rd party vendor to provide parking enforcement services to include booting. The city is currently interviewing applicants.
- A survey of market attendees for the establishment of a benchmark profile for the River Market has been completed.
- The City is in the process of requesting information from vendors to establish a budget for a parking data analytics platform. There is an RFI solicitation that was released in July 2017.
The City will utilize citizen input via a results of a digitally distributed survey. You can view responses to that survey here: Citizen Survey Results
Smart Growth presentations:
Kansas City’s Planning and Public Works department presentation:
Ryan Wade, manager of River Market public parking, gathered data on off-street parking counts in the River Market before and after the advent of the KC Streetcar. You can view that data at the link below.
We would love to hear your feedback. Please visit our River Market Parking Feedback Forum at the link below: