Drive In, Park and Explore
Downtown Grand Rapids is remarkably accessible by car. Even Parking, everybody's least favorite part of driving, is abundant and affordable. Particularly if you plan ahead and are willing to walk 5-10 minutes or take the Downtown circulator also known as DASH.
The City and private parking providers operate more than 18,000 off-street spots in Downtown garages and lots, in addition to 1,800 spaces on city streets. Put simply, Downtown has a spot for you whether you need somewhere cheap to park for an hour or a reserved spot to park every day.
Ramps & Lots
The Monroe Center parking garage — located in the heart of Downtown — offers 1 hour of free parking every day for anyone entering before 6:00 PM Enter the ramp from Ionia Avenue, between Louis and Monroe Center.
Parking is free after 5:00 PM each weekday and all day Saturday and Sunday in the following lots.
Downtown parking meters are not typically enforced during evenings and weekends. Be sure to check posted signs and enforcement hours for your specific meter.
- Evenings: Unless otherwise marked, parking meters in Grand Rapids are not enforced after 6:00 PM Monday through Friday.
- Saturdays: Most parking meters in Grand Rapids are not enforced, although meters along Monroe Center are enforced during the day.
- Sundays: Street parking is always free.
- Major holidays: Street parking is always free on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Hourly Parking & Daily Rates
Ramps & Lots
Parking rates in publicly- and privately-owned lots and garages vary. Desktop users - please see the interactive map on our homepage and click the "car" for our best available information.
Generally as of September 2016, hourly rates for Downtown ramps range from $2.50 – $3.00 with daily maximums between $12.00 and $20.00.
Rates on lots range from a flat charge of $2.00 to $10.00 per day depending on location. Most lots only accept coin and cash.
Hourly rates vary by location ($1.25 – $1.75/hour) and are posted on the meter. Meters accept coins (dollar coins, quarters, dimes and nickels) and also work with the Parkmobile app. On-street parking is free on Sundays and major holidays.
Evening and Event Options
Evening and event parking rates apply to anyone entering a lot or ramp after 5 PM or on weekends. Rates range from $6 - $12 for event parking in public facilities. Many Downtown venues also offer valet parking services.
Monthly & Downtown Employee Parking Options
Mobile GR operates numerous public lots and ramps that provide reserved spaces in and around Downtown starting at just $48 and $140 per month respectively.
Ellis Parking is the largest private parking provider in the City. They also lease spaces at monthly rates.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
ChargePoint stations are available at:
City of Grand Rapids
DeVos Place Convention Center
Grand Valley State University
The City encourages school and other buses to park on-street in one of two locations dedicated to bus parking:
- Scribner Avenue NW between Pearl and Bridge streets.
- Mt. Vernon Avenue NW between Douglas Street and Lake Michigan Drive.
Bus parking is on a first-come-first-serve basis.