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Dog Parking Spaces in Downtown Des Moines

Data: City of Des Moines; Graphic: Thomas Oide/Axios

Occupancy rates at municipal garages in Des Moines have only partially recovered from a steep decline during the pandemic.

Why is this important: This costs the city millions of dollars in annual revenue.

  • The garages, all located downtown, reflect people’s slow return to the heart of the city’s business district.

By the numbers: Parking lot revenue grew from just over $7 million in the fiscal year that ended June 2019 to $4.2 million in 2021, according to city data.

  • Metered on-street parking increased from $4 million to approximately $2.6 million during this period.

What they say : City officials said in a budget submission in February that they don’t expect Des Moines to see a full recovery of the parking system for at least two years.

  • The city has been discussing getting out of the garage parking business for years, Councilman Joe Gatto said at the meeting.

To note : The city’s eighth and newest garage — a $42 million structure near 5th and Walnut streets that opened in July — isn’t included in the latest earnings report.

Plenty of parking at this municipal garage located at 801 Locust St. in Des Moines. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios


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Deena S. Hawkins

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