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News Release: Celebrate July 4 and other summer events downtown with discounts on parking in Portland’s SmartPark garages

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People traveling from afar are encouraged to park in one of Portland’s four safe and affordable parking all-day parking at reduced rates
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Entrance of the 10th and Yamhill parking garage
A digital sign at the entrance to the 10th and Yamhill SmartPark garage announces the number of available spaces for people looking to park. Photo by PBOT.
SmartPark circular logo in dark green with a large "P" in the center

(July 2, 2024) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is pleased to announce new discounted all-day parking options for people using one of the city’s four SmartPark public parking garages.

With parking demand low in Portland’s parking garages and with many downtown summer activities planned to create a thriving, safe and economically viable downtown, SmartPark will be reducing their prices for the summer.

Discounted daily rates will be in effect from July 1 to September 30, 2024 for all-day weekday parking between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. to reflect current unmet demand.

Detailed rates and information about each garage can be found at www.portland.gov/smartpark.

“A thriving downtown is critical for achieving the city’s long-term transportation system multimodal goals,” said Transportation Director Millicent Williams. "I’m pleased we are able to help boost activity by encouraging visitors from far and wide to enjoy the fabulous events and activities happening downtown this summer with these discounted summer rates while our garages are still under capacity.”

SmartPark is Portland’s most affordable and conveniently located parking. Shoppers, business employees and clients, and visitors enjoy downtown city-owned SmartPark public garages with nearly 4,000 parking spaces. SmartPark garages offer the lowest short-term hourly rates and are close to your favorite restaurants, retailers, and cultural venues. Our mission is to support the economic viability of the Central City by providing an affordable system of parking garages which primarily meets the short-term needs of shoppers, visitors, and business clients and by investing in other Central City transportation improvements.

Monthly parking passes and other amenities, including EV charging stations, ADA parking, bike parking, and carshare parking, are also available and vary by parking garage location. Many of the parking garages also serve as mobility hubs, with access to TriMet MAX light rail and bus lines.

Apply for a Monthly SmartPark Reduced Rate Swing Shift Permit

Reduced rate monthly swing shift parking permits are available for people earning $46,000 or less annually to have access to a specified SmartPark Garage between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily. You must work a swing swift or evening shift schedule to qualify. The current monthly rate for the reduced rate swing shift pass is $36 per month. Additional details and an application can be found at https://www.portland.gov/transportation/parking/smartpark-reduced-rate-swing-shift-faq