Downtown Grand Rapids is remarkably accessible by car and offers tens of thousands of parking spaces for visitors, workers and residents.

Still, parking is everybody's least favorite part of driving. This page offers tips and shortcuts to help motorists secure the best spot possible and have a great experience in Downtown GR.

Different people have different parking needs:

DASH for Free

Regardless of who you are and why you're Downtown, the free-to-ride DASH circulator offers motorists and parking customers several advantages.

The service connects Downtown neighborhoods and destinations, enabling drivers to park once, leave the car and travel easily around Downtown. Cost-conscious drivers may also choose to park in cheaper lots on the edges of Downtown, and take DASH to travel around the neighborhoods. Click here for a map of public parking facilities and DASH routes.

Avoid Parking Altogether

Ridesharing is an easy way to arrange a one-way ride on short notice and let someone else do the driving.

Two proven real-time ridesharing services operate in Grand Rapids:

Visitor Parking

Ramps & Lots

Downtown has more than 30,000 parking spaces available for visitors. So it's easy to find a spot in close proximity to your destination. Particularly if you plan ahead.

Reserved Parking

Visitors can pre-purchase a parking spot in the vicinity of the Van Andel Arena, DeVos Performance Hall, 20 Monroe Live and Civic Theater. Click here to reserve your space. Remember to bring a copy of your reservation.


The City of Grand Rapids now manages approximately 2,000 metered on-street spaces in Downown GR with varying rates, time limits and hours of enforcement.Use this interactive map to check locations and rates.

Drivers can pay with cash and credit card at meters and pays stations.

Download the Motu app (Google Play, App Store or via the web app) to pay using your mobile device, which makes it easier to extend your session on-the-go.

Here's how to avoid parking tickets. Look for any parking related signage and follow those directions. These general parking rules also help keep people safe and tickets off your windshield, keep your vehicle:

  • 3 feet from a driveway
  • 15 feet from fire hydrants
  • 15 feet from or within intersections
  • 20 feet from marked Crosswalk
  • 20 feet from railroad tracks
  • 30 feet from a flashing signal, stop sign, or traffic signal

Street parking is always free on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day, and the day after
  • Christmas Eve and Day

Employee & Resident Parking

Public Parking

Mobile GR operates numerous public lots and ramps that provide reserved spaces in and around Downtown starting at just $48 and $154 per month .

Private Parking

Ellis Parking is the largest private parking provider in the City. They also lease spaces at monthly rates.

Moped Parking

Free moped parking is available inside the Pearl-Ionia ramp and at the Ottawa-Fulton surface lot. Mopeds should not be locked to trees, lamp posts or benches. This can make things difficult for people using the sidewalks.

Electric Vehicle Parking

ChargePoint stations are available at:

City of Grand Rapids

DeVos Place Convention Center

Grand Valley State University

Bus Parking

The City encourages school and other buses to park on-street in one of two locations dedicated to bus parking:

Bus parking is on a first-come-first-serve basis.