Parking Changes Coming & the City Seeks Input

Parking Summit
Wednesday, May 31st
Munn Park


Parking Charrette
Wednesday, June 7
8-9am Breakfast and repeated at noon-1pm Lunch
LKLDTV – Studio B 202 N. Massachusetts Ave.
RSVP REQUIRED: (No Charge, but we need reservations as space is limited. Please sign up using the form at the bottom of this page.)


The City of Lakeland’s Traffic Operations and Parking Services (TOPS) and the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) have teamed up to share information, gather opinions and present proposed solutions in two public meetings about Downtown Parking – a Parking Summit on Wednesday, May 31st and a Parking Charrette on Wednesday, June 7.


The purpose of Parking Summit on Wednesday, May 31 from 10am-2pm in Munn Park, is to reach and engage the users of Downtown public parking. Stations will be set up with information, and staff will be on hand to share the details of the ideas and gather input from attendees.


“We wanted to be highly visible and accessible so Munn Park seemed to be the perfect place to reach the most people,” said Julie Townsend, LDDA Executive Director. “The idea is to have folks pop in and check it out on their way to or from their destination.”


Stations at the summit will include: Part-time Employee parking challenges and possible solutions; Tiered Parking Proposals (Pricing based on geography and parking duration); Membership Parking Proposal (Like SunPass, members can park and pay by plate); Multi-Modal Alternatives (BikeShare, Shuttle, CarShare, Valet); Public/Private Partnerships (for existing private lots and garages for shared parking)


Folks will also be able to sign up for Parkmobile – the city’s parking app that allows users to pay for parking remotely.  Free promo codes for one free hour will be issued to those who sign up.


“Parking is a shared resource and valuable commodity. Parking management is about creating incentives so that people behave in a way that produces the most access for the most people, said Angelo Rao, Manager, TOPS. “Before we roll out new rules or programs, we want to get public input.”


The morning and afternoon charrettes on Wednesday, June 7 at 8am and again at noon are designed to bring Downtown employers and employees together to discuss specific parking issues that affect their customers and employees. The topics/questions for the charrette are the same as the summit, but the format allows for in depth discussion of each issue. Each charrette will be a tight one hour, where stakeholders sit in groups to discuss a series of topics/questions for a set amount of time each.  A note taker at each table will capture the discussion and ideas generated. Breakfast and lunch are provided, but folks must register for these meetings. (See the RSVP form below)


“There are many parking challenges that are specific to the businesses for both customer and employee access.  TOPS and LDDA have some ideas that may provide solutions, but they will only work if we have stakeholder buy in,” shares Townsend. “Small group discussions about the specific issues should provide us the feedback we need to determine the path  to address the challenges.”


The results of these information gatherings will be shared with the city commission in July at a public meeting where parking staff will make specific recommendations for changes based on the feedback and input received from the public and stakeholders.


“Changes are coming that we believe will improve access for everyone,” shares Rao.