Downtown Nampa gets a wave of renovation to historic buildings
If you’ve ever had a meeting last too long in downtown Nampa, you know the feeling of rushing back to your car and hoping not to find a ticket on your windshield.
After talking with downtown business owners and residents, the city has decided to change many of its downtown parking limits to ensure people have enough time to spend downtown before they must move their cars.
This week, the city converted several blocks of two-hour parking to four-hour parking. Parking in the downtown core, between 12th and 14th avenues South and 1st and 3rd streets South, retains the two-hour limit. Parking limits are enforced between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The four-hour zone includes the rest of 1st, 2nd and 3rd streets between 10th and 16th avenues South, except for 15th Avenue South, which is unregulated. Fourth Street South is also unregulated.
Within the zones there are a few exceptions:
- 10-minute parking next to the Nampa Library on 3rd Street South.
- 30-minute parking on 1st Street South adjacent to the historic library.
- Museum-only parking for employees of the Canyon County Historical Museum on Front Street.
“The city listened, and we took action,” said Mayor Debbie Kling’s spokeswoman, Amy Bowman.
People who need to park for more than four hours at a time can use the Downtown Parking Garage at the corner of 11th Avenue South and 3rd Street South, Bowman said. After the first hour, the city charges $1 per hour, up to a maximum of $6 per day. People who go to downtown Nampa regularly can pay $30 for a monthly parking pass, although spaces are still first-come, first-served.
Downtown parking has long been a concern of many downtown business owners.
“It’s all caused by good things,” said Matthew Lind, owner of Labyrinth Escape Games at 1213 1/2 1st St. S. He said that the new taco restaurant Mesa that opened next door in January, and other businesses undergoing renovations, have put pressure on downtown parking.
Lind gets calls regularly from customers who say they’re running a few minutes late for their scheduled games because they can’t find parking.
“In Boise, for instance, you don’t ever expect to park within four blocks of where you’re going,” he said, but Nampans still expect to park directly in front of the storefront they’re visiting. That’s one reason Nampa’s downtown parking garage is underused, he said.
Kris Wear, owner of food supplement store World of Nutrition at 1309 1st St. S., agrees that she’d like to see the culture shift so people become comfortable with walking a few blocks to their destination.
“We don’t have a parking issue over here. There’s never a problem here,” said Wear, whose business is within the four-block core. “And if there is, that’s awesome, because that means that there’s people downtown.”