Cherry Creek parking issues continue to be a problem

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DENVER -- Cities such as Denver always find themselves making rules and regulations which impact residents one way or the other.

In Cherry Creek North, where the shopping district draws millions, parking is at a premium. When one car leaves the curb another is waiting to take its place.

“It’s a mess trying to find a spot, sometimes it takes me up to a half hour,” said shopper Penni Levine.

Nell Solcumb says, “Finding a spot is very difficult no matter what time of year it is.”

And Diana Gonzales also says, “With all the construction it is a hot mess, trying to park these days!”

For the past ten years, residents living around CCN have been using parking permits which allow them to park in front of their homes or condos. But signage on their block prohibits any other taxpayer from parking there.

“We try to make everything fair for shoppers, residents and business owners who hear complaints about parking,” said Denver Public Works traffic engineer, Matt Wager.

Business owner Jim Hannifin says he has meters in front of his business on Colfax, and is fine with dropping a dime or two when parking out front.

“I’m just upset that some rich folks in the Creek, don’t want to pay an extra $20 (which would make a permit cost some $40) for exclusive on-street parking in front of their homes. This in effect is segregation because they want no one else to park on their block, when the spaces sit empty all day! Taxpayers are subsidizing those with means to the tune of about a half million dollars a year,” says the informal parking monitor, Hannifin.

Still, the city says it doesn’t anticipate making any changes in or around Cherry Creek North.

Parking managers say over the years the area has gone from free curb parking to kiosks, which didn’t work well, to meters. Now, the hope is after holding a series of public meetings, there will be solutions which benefit shoppers, residents and business owners in the Creek.


  • Pete

    I haven’t been back to Cherry Creek North since they made you start paying for meters. Cherry Creek is an overpriced waanabe NYC or LA.

  • Brian

    I got nailed for a $50 ticket parking on the resident only side for 10 minutes. I will go elsewhere in the future. Meters are OK. But $50 parking tickets are way out of line.

  • Rick

    Cuz you were fined for not parking in designated area u dunce. If u paid a meter it would have cost u a dime…$.10. lol. everyone would do what u did if no consequence. Parking fines everywhere in the city are $50.

  • Pablito

    I just take the 83L for $2.25 or park for free indoors at the mall. Pepsi Center? Evans & Colorado light rail. Lodo? Same thing.

  • Denise

    there are several public parking garages or surface lots where you can park for a low cost in Cherry Creek North. The meters are just like the ones downtown-accept credit, cash, tokens & gift cards. Paid parking is normal in an urban environment–you expect it in downtown Denver, right? Meters help keep the flow of visitors in and out rather than camping out in a spot all day.

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