Cedar Falls and consulting firm conducting downtown parking study

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – It’s safe to say downtown Cedar Falls can get pretty busy, especially late at night on the weekend.

But are there enough parking spaces to meet the growing demand?

Right now, Cedar Falls is working with consulting firm Wantman Group, Inc.  (WGI)

They’re conducting a downtown parking study. Documents about the study say, “The City is looking for pro-active solutions to the current and future parking needs, along with cost estimates and feasibility analysis for any recommendation in the final report.”

As part of the study, the firm did an online survey. Around 2,600 people responded to the survey. Senior Project Manager Andy Miller says the fact that that many people responded shows a lot of people care about this issue in the community.

Right now, the firm does not have any conclusions or recommendations yet. They are still working with area developers and business owners.They plan on presenting their findings and recommendations to the Cedar Falls City Council in January. KWWL is hoping to be at that meeting.

One recommendation that COULD POSSIBLY be mentioned is bringing parking meters to Cedar Falls. This would be something that would happen way down the road. Again, this is not being recommended at this time.

Miller does say that if the city plans on bringing any type of parking structure to the area, they are going to have to figure out a way to pay for that.

To learn more about this study, click here for more information. 

Amanda Gilbert

Amanda Gilbert

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