Managed Parking Survey for Residents, Business Owners, and Community Members is Live.

For the past several years, parking in and around the Downtown Historic District has been a growing concern for Residents, Business Owners and Operators, City Council, and the Mayor. Until recently, efforts to alleviate the problem have been focused on building a parking garage downtown to increase the number of spaces available. 

In 2018, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) produced a report and study of parking in Idaho Springs. This report is available at this LINK. One of the recommendations of the report was for the City to implement managed parking in the downtown area to increase turnover in parking spaces and to protect residential parking. This plan includes paid parking in the Downtown core and resident permit parking in the residential areas adjacent to Downtown. 

Following this recommendation, the City went through a public process that included a public meetingt and several City Council meetings to discuss the implementation of such a program on a trial basis. Upon completion of this process, the City signed a contract with Interstate Parking to manage parking in the downtown area between May 15 and October 1, 2019. 

As the program is nearing completion, the City is seeking feedback from Residents, Buisness Owners, and Community Members about how the program worked. To that end, the City of Idaho Springs will hold a Public Meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Carlson Elementary, located at 1300 Colorado Boulevard in Idaho Springs (use the main Miner Street Entrance). Additionally, the City is conducting a survey about the managed parking trial program as another avenue to gather feedback from Residents, Business Owners, and Community Members. 

There are two separate surveys: The first is intended for Residents, and the second for Business Owners. The surveys are available in an online, digital format as well as on a downloadable PDF. Respondents can choose whether to fill out the PDF or the Digital Survey. There is no need to fill out both. 

The Survey does ask for some identifying information, specifically name and address. This is because we believe that it is important to capture the difference in opinion between, for instance, a resident who lives within the managed parking area and a resident that lives elsewhere in the city, or the opinion of a county resident who might have a different opinion still. This section is optional, and surveys will be tabulated even if you choose to omit this information. 

If you choose to take the digital survey, no further action is required upon completion of the survey. If you choose to utilize the downloadable PDF, you may return it to City Hall or email it to

NOTE: It is not necessary to complete the survey in advance of the public meeting on September 3, 2019. The City will accept and consider all surveys returned as a part of this feedback process.

Thank you in advance for providing the City with Feedback on the program.