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Parking Study

The City of Issaquah is working to better understand on-street parking in Olde Town; near the Issaquah Transit Center Park & Ride; and near the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.

Data collected for this project, along with public input, will provide feedback and guidance to staff and the City Council on next steps.

Survey Now Open
Moving forward, two options for Olde Town parking management have been identified that need your input: 
  • Education and outreach
  • Pilot time limits and enforcement

Take our quick survey before Dec. 7, 2018.

City staff will present findings, including your input, to the City Council early 2019. 

Olde Town Summary
There are approximately 750 on-street and public spaces in Olde Town.

The data indicates Saturday is the busiest day to park in Olde Town, followed closely by weekdays. Sundays are considerably less busy. Parking utilization changes throughout the day as different users come and go.

A commonplace suburban community goal is 85 percent of spaces on each downtown block are used at peak time. This 85 percent goal ensures one to two available spots on each block, and the public investment in parking is maximized. 

The peak on-street parking usage for all of Olde Town was:
  • Saturday: 62 percent
  • Weekdays: 57 percent
  • Sunday: 38 percent

Parking near major uses like the theater, restaurants, court house, and salmon hatchery can be full, but there is nearly always a parking space within a 3-5 minute walk.

Data Results
Parking data was collected on four different days in August and September 2018 (spanning when school was both out and in session), including weekends and weekdays. Data was collected for 12 hours each day, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Data was collected on “typical” days where there were no major events (such as Salmon Days) but the library, senior center, pool, community center and theater were active.

City staff also interviewed key stakeholders in each of the study areas, and
conducted surveys of Park & Ride users.

This interactive map allows you to see parking data for each of the three study areas and each hour of data collection. 

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Issaquah Contacts
Mathew Mornick
Special Projects Manager
Executive Office

Christopher Wright
Economic Development Manager