New Parking Equipment Coming To Downtown Walnut Creek This Fall

September 19, 2018 10:00 am · 21 comments

Look for new parking meters and new pay station equipment in the downtown Walnut Creek parking garages this fall.

The City is replacing old outdated equipment with state of the art technology to improve parking.

The new meters will be bigger, brighter and more readable.

The parking garage equipment will feature contactless and pay by phone payments, illuminated gate arms, and improved special event parking at the Lesher Center Parking Garage.

Ricardoh September 19, 2018 at 10:25 AM

Can spend money on collecting more money but can’t fix the elevators. The elevators are so slow we always think they are broken again so we end up taking the stairs down from the fifth floor. Going back up is another problem.

Lol September 19, 2018 at 11:11 AM

This is what earth has come to. Humans complaining about a 5-10 second elevator ride.

Dawg September 19, 2018 at 12:46 PM

If there is ever a power outage while you are in an elevator, you will wish you took the stairs.

Ricardoh September 19, 2018 at 3:03 PM

Lol how about waiting 10 minutes for a 4 floor elevator. It is not a tragedy but is uncalled for.

Oh Yeah September 19, 2018 at 10:28 AM

Parking! The main reason I NEVER go to Walnut Creek any more! Haven’t for several years, because parking is so expensive and hard to find!

Joe Schmoe September 25, 2018 at 6:23 PM

Great. I live here and know where to park.
Everything nice costs money.

coco September 19, 2018 at 10:36 AM

parking is not difficult to find. just use one of the parking garages which are very centrally located- first hour free then $1 PR HR after that. not expensive at all

Bex September 19, 2018 at 12:53 PM

And the Broadway Garage is only $.50/hr!

Shiloh September 19, 2018 at 2:07 PM

First 3 HOURS are free at Broadway Plaza! Not hard to find and not expensive. Funny how people say they never go to WC because it’s impossible to park. It’s actually super easy to find a spot

The Fearless Spectator September 19, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Walnut Creek used to be such a charming town. Those parking garages are impossible to get in and out of, and metered parking (if you can find it) is as high as seven minutes for 25 cents. Sadly, the boutique shops and restaurants are being pushed out. There is really no longer a reason to visit.

coco September 19, 2018 at 1:09 PM

not sure how they’re impossible to get out of…. I literally use them on a weekly basis- I drive an SUV

The Mamba September 19, 2018 at 1:27 PM

You and my dad should get together, he has a saying, “Anything you need in Walnut Creek, you can get somewhere else.” because of a parking ticket he got there 20 years ago.

Shiloh September 19, 2018 at 2:09 PM

If it’s impossible for you, then it’s probably good that you don’t attempt to park there 🙂

The Mamba September 19, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Good, the paystation at the garage on Locust has been on the fritz the last three times I’ve visited.

Bob September 19, 2018 at 1:34 PM

It wasn’t very long ago that Walnut Creek had an update of “new, state of the art” parking meters. They didn’t last long. What WC city council has set up is re-investing parking revenue into parking infrastructure, areas that used to be covered by general funds.

Now, with techie parking meters, some shiny object ~newer~ tech parking meters gets sold to the city every handful of years, and we all pay for it. It’s self perpetuating, and leads to more tracking, less privacy, higher costs and really, no one is pleased except the vendors of the new system.

With the current set of foaming-at-the-mouth, pro-growth, over-build the city group-think that the council thinks it has some bizarre mandate to implement, don’t expect anything to improve. The current set of candidates for the 2 open seats does not appear to offer hope, but step 1… retire Cindy Silva.

Jojo Potato September 19, 2018 at 2:27 PM

Good on you. Some of us remember that the final chunk of funds for Cindy’s luxury library was produced by a deal they made to borrow money against future parking revenue. At the soccer game on Hutchinson rd last weekend the WC parking cops were there giving out $45 parking tickets. WC is such a rip off. Invite teams from Dublin to play at a field with very little parking and then sock it to them because their parents didn’t notice the small signs. And yes, we’ve had enough of Cindy Silva.

JustMe September 19, 2018 at 7:48 PM

“The City is replacing old outdated equipment with state of the art technology to improve parking.”

Made me laugh. These don’t improve parking. They at best, improve payments options for parking.

ZZ September 19, 2018 at 8:40 PM

Too much traffic in Walnut Creek. I shop elsewhere.

No Excuses September 19, 2018 at 9:09 PM

YOUR hard earned dollars at work supporting workers in Switzerland, Austria, Brazil…uh-huh. OK, so, #WALKAWAY. The people spending your money hate you! Wake up.

Gititogether September 19, 2018 at 9:23 PM

Hmmm, shop or dine in a community which appreciates their customers enough to maintain free parking or a community which considers their customers…and residents…to be cash cows…

rw September 20, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Just another reason to avoid downtown Walnut Creek.

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