Ken Wong, of Teddy’s Bigger Burgers arranged a meeting on July 1st with MaryCatherine Snyder of SDOT to discuss parking issues at Green Lake. Here are his notes from the meeting….
Daryl Vander Pol – Green Lake Village
Stan Gregory – The Hearthstone
Mary Catherine Snyder – SDOT
Jonathan Williams – SDOT
Rachel Meyer – Greenlake Massage
Nelda Danz – The Great Hall at Green Lake
Paula – Billings Middle School
Kristin Knopf – Billings Middle School
Ken Wong – Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
– Daryl opens discussion by asking what is the criteria for the parking study?
MC and Jonathan respond that optimally busy areas should have at least one or 2 spaces open at any one time. The study looked at existing parking rates as well as busy and slow times of the day. And the study also included feedback from community and chamber groups.
– Stan brings up that there is minimal guest parking on NE 70th and how will paid parking affect that? Does residential or commercial trump in priority?
Jonathan answers that the city is always searching for the best compromise between residents and businesses
– MaryCatherine hands out the results of the parking study (Green Lake 2014 Parking Data)
– Evening is of course very full and the maps show the most busiest times during the day.
– Kristin indicates that PCC has already brought in a great deal of additional traffic
– Rachel brings up the busy areas highlighted by the graph are usually residents and businesses parking all day
– MC states that the area is very busy and full and will be further exacerbated during the summer months.
– Pay parking will be expanded to 8 pm
– MC indicates that the public needs to be educated about the new paid parking times.
– Rachel suggests using the Greenlake Chamber of Commerce media and local businesses to help spread the word
– Paula offers the Billings Communications to let parents know during events
– Rachel re-states that the traffic from PCC, Marshall/Jane Adams has noticeably increased traffic.
Jonathan answers that SDOT will continue to work with businesses to deal with traffic.
– Rachel asks whether PCC offers paid parking to the public
Daryl answers yes, and that Green Lake Village does offer paid public parking all day for $5.50. But even with such a low price, the public does not want to pay. Daryl indicates that each resident has 1 parking spot underground so residents should not impact the streets.
– All agree that this is very beneficial to have additional public parking.
Rachel asks about any new meters in production?
– MC says that they will begin replacing old pay stations this fall in 2014 (e.g. oldest Pioneer Square). Not sure when meters will be changed in Green Lake. Any new meters will possibly be installed in 2015.
Ken asks whether there are any other measures in place to help relieve congestion in the Green Lake area.
– MC responds that there are constantly looking for ways to improve flow in neighborhoods (ie. transit studies, Metro funding).
- MaryCatherine offers to come to a chamber meeting to discuss the results further with the membership.
- Rachel offers to put SDOT back in touch with the Chamber to set up an appearance at the next meeting.
- Jonathan will forward electronic copy of parking study to Ken to include in meeting notes.
- SDOT will continue to keep in contact with the Green Lake Chamber on future parking related issues.