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    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.

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Parking Meters

SmartCard Program Logo If you've seen this yellow spot on a parking meter, Parking meter with Smart Card Logo

downtown, you've seen one of the approximately 3400 City of Des Moines SmartCard Parking Meters.

 

 WHAT IS IT?

 

The SmartCard is a great payment alternative that works in most of the city’s 3,500 metered parking spaces. The Smart Card is a pre-paid parking card. The user preloads a set amount of value to the card and then can use is as payment at any of the on-street meters in downtown that have the SmartCard Logo on the outside.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

 

A person can insert the SmartCard into a parking meter and buy time on the meter. If there is time left on the meter when the person returns, they can reinsert the same SmartCard and have the remaining value on the meter refunded back to their SmartCard. You only pay for what you use!

*Note: You can only refund back to the same SmartCard that put the value on the meter.

 

WHERE CAN I BUY ONE? 
The City of Des Moines has provided four automated SmartCard vending machines where cards can be purchased for $5 and value placed on the card using cash, MasterCard or VISA. SmartCard vending machines are located at:
·         3rd Street and Court Avenue Parking Garage office
·         9th Street and Locust Street Parking Garage office
·         5th Street and Grand Avenue (YMCA lobby)
·         City Hall Admin Offices, currently located at 400 E Court, Ste. 200
 
 
LOST SMART CARD
Because the SmartCard has value, it should be safeguarded. There are no refunds for lost, stolen or damaged cards.

 

Parking Meter Info:

 

DOWNTOWN RAMP RATES ARE CHANGING AS THE CITY OF DES MOINES LAUNCHES A NEW PARKING STRATEGY: PARK Downtown Des Moines. Click Here for FAQ sheet.

 

Current Parking Meter Hours Monday through Friday 8AM to 6PM.  Rates and Times are Changing, see above.  Parking Meters are to remain free on the street on select holidays:

New Years Day

Memorial Day

July 4th

Labor Day

Thanksgiving

Christmas Day

 

1. Presentation on the SmartCard Program: Take me to the SmartCard presentation!

2. New Configuration Parking Meters; Double Space Parking Meters (single meter head controlling two parking   spaces).

3. How to appeal or pay a parking ticket; visit the Clerks Office Page for appeal or click here to Pay Online.

 

Please contact the Traffic & Transportation Division at (515) 283-4973 for further information.