Parking

Parking Lots and Ramps

Parking Locations

We offer parking throughout downtown Grand Rapids. Take a look at our Interactive Visitor Parking Map to review locations. Or download our Parking Facility Map(PDF, 6MB) and Parking Facility Rates(PDF, 292KB).

Hours of Operation

Our parking locations and customer assistance center are open 24/7.

Free 24/7 Courtesy Service

We're here with lots of help! When parking in the City of Grand Rapids ramps and lots, we'll help you with any of these issues for FREE. How helpful is that?

  • Dead battery? We can give you a jump if your battery is drained
  • Locked out? We can get you back in your vehicle if you lock your keys in there
  • Flat tire? We can help you put on your spare tire or give you a little boost of air
  • Lost your car? We can help you find your vehicle in our ramps and lots
  • Empty tank? If you're on E, we can fill your gas tank up to five gallons (you pay for the fuel)
  • Dinged? We can fill out an accident report, so you can file an insurance claim

Cost

Prices can vary depending on the day, the location, and what events may be in town. When visiting downtown for a large event like a concert, expect to pay the Special Event rate. For a quick visit, review the minimum price rates. Take a look at our Interactive Parking Facilities Map to review pricing. Or download our Parking Facility Map(PDF, 6MB) and Parking Facility Rates(PDF, 292KB).

Paying for Parking

To pay, we take cash, and debit or credit cards (MasterCard, Discover, Visa, and American Express). Some locations accept Apple Pay, Android Pay and Google Pay. For special events, you'll pay upon entry at most parking locations. When visiting our parking areas on a regular day, most ramps and lots are paid upon exit.

Accessibility

We offer accessible parking in all of our ramps and lots. These spaces are clearly marked. In most ramps, you can find accessible parking spaces on the first level or near elevators/stairways. For the Government Center Ramp, use the south entrance on Monroe Ave (furthest from Michigan St).

If you have the yellow free parking sticker, press the help button to tell our staff.

Wondering how to obtain a yellow free parking sticker? Visit the Secretary of State’s website to learn more and apply.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

We offer electric vehicle charging stations on four of our parking ramps. You'll pay the same as other users to park and pay the meter at the charging station to pay for the charging cost.

    Street Parking

    General Rules 

    Look for any parking related signage and follow their directions, ex. Meters, No Parking sign or Loading Zone sign. We don't want you to get a ticket. Follow these rules to help keep people safe from harm, park:

    • 3 feet from a driveway
    • 15 feet from fire hydrants
    • 15 feet from or within intersections
    • 20 feet from marked crosswalks
    • 20 feet from railroad tracks
    • 30 feet from a flashing signal, stop sign, or traffic signal

    Parking Meter Locations

    Use our Parking Meter Map. Find costs, enforcement hours, and parking time limits for each meter.

    Hours of Operation

    We check meters from 8 am until 5 or 6 pm, Monday through Friday. We have posted signs on meters that we check after 6pm or on Saturdays. You’ll find most of these along Monroe Center.

    Cost

    You will pay between $1 and $2.25 per hour for parking. Check for specific hourly costs on the meter, and the pay station or on the Motu App.

    Pay by Phone Call

    If you do not have a smartphone, you can also pay by calling Motu at 616-432-2478 and follow the instructions.

    Pay at a Pay Station

    We have two types of pay stations, pay-by-plate and pay-by-space. Pay-by space areas have blue signs and pay-by-plate have orange signs.

    (Pay By Plate Image)

    (Pay By Space Image)

    Accessible Parking

    Use our Parking Meter Map to locate disabled parking meters. You can use these if you have a disability plate or placard. Parking is free when you have the State of Michigan disability placard with a yellow free parking sticker.

    Wondering how to obtain a yellow free parking sticker? Visit the Secretary of State’s website to learn more and apply.

    Observed Holidays

    We don't enforce meters on holidays we observe, including:

    • New Year's Day
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    • Presidents' Day
    • Memorial Day
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Veterans' Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Day after Thanksgiving
    • Christmas Eve
    • Christmas Day

    Accessible Parking

    Use our Parking Meter Map to locate accessible parking meters. You can use these if you have a disability plate or placard. Parking is free when you have the State of Michigan disability placard with a yellow free parking sticker.

    Wondering how to obtain a yellow free parking sticker? Visit the Secretary of State’s website to learn more and apply.

    Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    We offer electric vehicle charging stations on Ottawa Ave in front of City Hall. These are metered spaces.

     

    Moped Parking

    Free moped parking is available inside our Pearl Ionia ramp and at our Ottawa Fulton Surface Lot. Don't lock your moped to trees, lamp posts, or benches. This can block access to people walking or trying to get around.