Walnut Creek Parking Changes Go Into Effect on Sunday, April 6th

April 5, 2014 8:00 am · 54 comments


As we previously reported, the City of Walnut Creek is making changes to parking, and it all starts this weekend.

Here are the changes:

  • Meter hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday
  • Meter rates will be $2 per hour
  • City garages will offer free parking for the 1st hour
  • A special $25 per month parking pass for City garages is available at www.lazparking.com

Learn more at Walnut Creek’s parking webpage.

peter April 5, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Sunday is April 6th

TeamUSA April 5, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Are you serious?

Geri April 5, 2014 at 9:24 AM

That is outrageous. I will never shop in Walnut Creek again and I hope people boycott and don’t shop there. Why would I see a movie or shop in WC when I can park in Concord and Pleasant Hill for free? Stupid move Walnut Creek!!

Tree Farm April 5, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Gotta pay off that $62 million library somehow.

Pyrrhus April 5, 2014 at 9:37 AM

I understand the Street Parking being paid, but now ever single garage except for the Century Theater parking? I also won’t be visiting downtown Walnut Creek as often. The only reason I went there was for the restaurants when I’m out visiting family in the area.

DogDog Dad April 5, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Well there is a good side to this. At least on Sundays there will be more spots to park. Downtown employees and others don’t use the lots on Sundays parking on the streets next to the places they work all day due to no enforcement. Also they take up all the loading and passenger loading zones leaving it impossible to drop off handicaps and others. Look at the parking rates 20 years ago. What were they? The cost of living has increased much more…..Stop your crying.

ConcordMike April 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

If this new parking goes into effect on Sunday, then the hours should be Sunday-Saturday. Right?
Just say 7 days a week or daily.
This is the people running our government?

ConcordMike April 5, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Also the 10am start time is a little suspicious…

Captain Bebops April 5, 2014 at 9:48 AM

The movie theater garage is free. At least it was the last time I went there. Are they charging for that now?

Walnut Creek also has different right-of-way rules at stop signs: he with the most expensive car has the right-of-way.

JWB April 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM

How about giving the right information:

Below is cut and paste fromt the link provided which clearly state that the changes start April 7 and not this Sunday April 6.

Welcome to Parking in Downtown Walnut Creek!

We are making changes with the goal of better managing our parking inventory so it’s easier to find the space you need.

Beginning April 7:

Meter hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Meter rates will be $2 per hour
City garages will offer free parking for the 1st hour
City garage rates at South Broadway and North Locust (next to Lesher Center) will be 50 cents an hour
City garage rate at South Locust (above Lark Creek Restaurant) will be $1 an hour
A special $25 per month parking pass for City garages is available at http://www.lazparking.com

Carmen April 5, 2014 at 10:12 AM


anon April 5, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Just pay up

mutts April 5, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Wasn’t used to parking meters, walked right by it, came out of the store to a ticket. This was years ago and I haven’t shopped there since.

Anon April 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Wow. This is absolutely ridiculous. Greedy bastards. Guess I will just have to start walking everywhere.

KJ April 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

The other thing you have to remember is that you can’t feed the meter if you go past your two hour time limit. You have to move your car out of the spot and back again or find a new spot. If you try to feed the meter after your time is up, it will take your money but won’t add the the time. Also gone are the days where you can feed the meter for someone else who might me running late.

Almondgirl April 5, 2014 at 10:33 AM

This is exactly why I avoid WC.

Sorry April 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM

…to all the merchants, stores, and mom and pops over in WC. You’re city is the most unfriendly “business” city around. I don’t really care about the big corporate stores, but I feel for the small ones.

This is just another reason for me and my family to avoid WC. Plus, the fact we won’t have to see the tooty snooty idiots walking around with their little dogs in their purse with their red undersoles.

EdiBirsan April 5, 2014 at 11:16 AM

No parking meters in Concord.

Michelle April 5, 2014 at 12:07 PM

These meters will do more harm than good; when people start coming out to see tickets on their cars, they will shop elsewhere. This is a shame I really like shopping in downtown Walnut Creek.

Jojo Potato April 5, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Glad the store where my daughter worked closed down. Now the downtown workers are really screwed. Where can they possibly park? Good thing she got a new job in Oakland, right near a BART station. Meanwhile WC “leaders” are simply scheming for more taxes/fees. They’ve made the city broke and think we all will pay for it. Sorry Cindy! Figure out a new plan.

Mr. Moses April 5, 2014 at 12:31 PM

@DogDogDad Yeah, we can’t have the slaves, uh, I mean low wage workers actually have it too easy, you know. They already are working weekends away from their families to “service” you. Just doesn’t make sense that they have to park so close to their work. Too easy. Definitely need to walk a few blocks, mile after they park in the city garage to their place of employment. Oh, and let’s not forget to charge them for it too!

When’s the last time somebody who could afford to buy a home in Walnut Creek ever had to walk a mile to their low wage job?? Even if you use BART to get to the city and walk a few blocks you are using affordable public transportation and walking the last leg to a high income job in the city.

Dorothy April 5, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I’m sure they wanted to free up parking places. If enough people don’t even go there after the first time they get that $2 per hour ding, maybe WC will re-think the issue. I don’t go to WC unless I have to. Much easier to park and shop elsewhere.

clg April 5, 2014 at 1:15 PM

To all those that have said they won’t shop in Walnut Creek now because of the rise in parking rates, I say good, more parking for me.

time will tell April 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Walnut Creek may just be another california city to file bankruptcy. Where there is no spending, there is no economy; I hope they fix the meters.

mojoduck April 5, 2014 at 2:54 PM

poor shop workers making $8, $9 bucks an hour if you have a hour lunch .
you work two hours of your 8 hour shift to park .

BagsFlyFree April 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Next WC Council agenda item is creating a valet only section of WC.. Only cars over 50k admitted..

Sorry people, you have to catch-up to play in the ever changing WC bubble.

M Gorman April 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Sorry Commers.

kax April 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

i quit going to walnut creek to shop or eat years ago…..and this is the reason……

Non-WC shopper April 5, 2014 at 4:07 PM

I haven’t shopped in Walnut Creek for years because of the parking. This just reinforces my decision.

ripped off April 5, 2014 at 4:18 PM

I thought it started last Sunday and I lost 75 cents 🙁

Eat food April 5, 2014 at 4:21 PM

All you babies that are crying, it will assist people in finding more on street parking for quick errands. If you don’t like it move to Iowa

Cuzzzzzzz...... April 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Edi – also no decent shopping in Concord……Todos Santos is a big nothing and Sun Valley has mainly low-end stores with the exception of Macy’s. Maybe you and the council should do something to attract stores like Ann Taylor, Nordstroms, Williams Sonoma, Sephora, Aveda, Sue Le Table etc instead of things like Torrid and Lids.

Bob Brittain April 5, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Some commenters did not notice that downtown employees can get a monthly parking pass for only $25 – much cheaper than before. Some commenters did not notice that the first hour in a City parking garage will now be free. So, you will be able to park in the Broadway garage for two hours @ 25 cents per hour. The people in Walnut Creek that will now drive to other towns for “free” parking will be paying $4 per gallon for gas plus the depreciation on their cars for a longer drive to their shopping location.

anon April 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Crooks…boycott Walnut Creek…Advance to Free Parking in Downtown Pleasant Hill !

DMZ April 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I won’t shop in WC anymore.
Greed has gone to far.
I don’t have a small car so parking not always an easy thing.
So I will be done.

Anonymous April 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

@Bob Brittain

Hey buddy, keep your fact-based opinions and logical comments to yourself! 😉

Kat April 5, 2014 at 6:12 PM

I’m handicapped…parked in covered parking lot thinking I didn’t have to pay last Saturday. When I went back to my car, a ticket with a paper highlighting a rule that in a parking lot or covered metered parking I am still required to pay…and it wasn’t from the WC Police it was from a private company…one day being handicapped won’t matter…so Walnut Creek I just will shop somewhere else where I matter…all of us matter…to each other apparently but not to you…

JWB April 5, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Hey Kat I’m sure when you can show that your handicap makes it impossible for you to feed a parking meter the parking company will forgive you the ticket.

Mar April 5, 2014 at 9:06 PM

This is Sad .$2.00 to Park .Not even a free day .This isn’t the Walnut Creek that I grew up in .So I see a Handicap person can’t even get a Break .I would go broke with those prices .So all I see is Walnut Creek is catering to the Rich !

Colleen April 5, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Went to Boston…$35 to park anywhere…count your blessings!

Ritt Momney April 6, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Just park valet.

Happ April 6, 2014 at 8:05 AM

All parking in WC is monitored by a private company. The PD rarely deals with parking issues unless needed according to the parking Nazi I once talked with. I’m sure you’ve seen the bearded older guy that hides. Tried to give me a ticket while I was in my car with it idling waiting for my wife… Stopped going to WC after that incident.

Jojo Potato April 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM

I’m here in WC at Main and Mt Diablo and all the meters say “no payment accepted” and the hours are listed as mon through sat. Some one didn’t get the memo?

mre April 6, 2014 at 11:28 AM

It may cost a little more to take my business elsewhere, but its the statement not the cost. I just moved out of WC after 15 years due to: a) explosive growth with no improvements to infrastructure; b) never asking their big box retailers to help pay for anything, taxpayers pay for EVERYTHING; c) WCPD placing a half dozen motorcycle cops on a street corner for “revenue day.” When we voted down paying for their library, they built it anyway… the residents ultimately pay for everything. Parking nazis. Good riddance.

Mr Charleston April 6, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Wow, Walnut Creek really thinks it’s all that. NOT …..

Well there goes the rich little 20 something preppies who hang out in the cafe’s on main street spending mommy and daddies money….

anon April 6, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Well that’s sad. It will happen, maybe not now but very soon Walnut Creek will loose a lot of business. I was at Trader Joe’s in Danville and I over heard two women talking about walnut creek and their parking. My theory is if two women who can clearly pay for the parking in Walnut Creek refused to even go to walnut creek then Walnut Creek is heading down a slippery slope. I rather go to SF and take Bart and go to Bloomingdales grab a drink and head home for way cheaper then the parking on Walnut Creek.

Tonic April 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I stopped shopping in W.C a few years ago, could never find a parking space at any price.This is a good thing, Shop Concord!

Sunnymoon April 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM

So much whining for a $2 (and in some cases $1) an hour parking. Damn. If you don’t have $2 to pay for parking, you definitely don’t have $$ to shop and dine in downtown.

sigh April 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM

It used to cost $0.50 per hour to park outside my workplace. That cost is now quadrupled. This is totally unfair, as now one quarter of my wages (before tax!) goes to the city just for my parking. This is insane.

Also, I should note that I must leave and return (in my car) to my workplace often, so parking in a garage is not a viable option for me, as it would take far too much time for me to walk from my workplace to the garage and vice versa.

Thanks a lot, city of Walnut Creek.

. April 7, 2014 at 6:46 AM

@eat food #31…..

And just what’s wrong with Iowa???????

@Tonic April 7, 2014 at 8:18 AM

I feel your pain. I drive a large vehicle that doesn’t fit in parking garages, so it’s virtually impossible for me to park in WC.

macawlady April 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

There’s always the free shuttle (bus #4) from BART WC. I realize it isn’t practical for everyone, but it’s worth mentioning. I don’t shop in WC often, but when I do, that’s how I travel.

r April 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Chances are that if you can afford to shop in downtown Walnut Creek, you can afford to pay for parking. People come from all over to shop here just like San Francisco or Berkeley and you have to pay for parking there, so what’s the difference? It is an inconvenience but tough luck, suck it up and take a few dollars out of the hundreds you will spend at Nordstrom or Macys to pay for the goddamn parking spot. Spoiled ass rich people smh

anon April 8, 2014 at 6:10 AM

@r I can affor to shop in Walnut Creek but I refuse to contribute to your shirt towns parking. Trust me no one from around the world is thinking to themselves. Oh I want to take a trip to Walnut Creek. Really!? Keep telling yourself that and in 5-10 years let’s see who has the last laugh when the nuisance of parking has taken into effect.

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