Wichita, Kansas News, Weather, Sports – Public asked to weigh in on downtown parking
A study found that there is a minor parking shortage in Old Town, one of the busiest areas in downtown Wichita.
Grant Young says he enjoys living in downtown Wichita, but he says there’s one thing that needs to change.
“I think the parking is probably one of the biggest issues,” Young says.
He says finding a parking spot can be difficult.
“It is kind of a cluster of people, especially when there’s an event at Intrust Bank [arena] or something. It’s kind of a free for all,” he said.
These are the kinds of issues the city of Wichita wants to know about. It’s spending thousands of dollars to study parking in downtown, something it hasn’t done in ten years. The study can be found here: .
This past summer a consulting firm found that overall there are enough parking options in most of downtown, but Old Town is pushing the limit.
The study found a parking shortage on Fridays and Saturdays. There are nearly 300 street parking spots in Old Town, but on Friday and Saturday nights, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., only 12 parking spots were empty. The city recognizes these nights get even busier the later it gets.
Residents and even visitors are asked to take a survey weighing in on many things like where and when they think parking problems exist, whether paying for parking with credit cards or phones would be helpful, and if something like a designated Uber drop off and pick up location is a good idea.
“Uber in one location… with all the entertainment that’s available and Intrust arena, I think that would be really smart. I think people would feel really safe,” resident Kyle McGee said.
The city will use the results of the parking study and public survey to come up with a plan to address parking in the years to come.