What is the study focusing on?
A parking study is currently underway focusing on the downtown business districts, Third Ward & Historic Randall Park & North Riverfronts Neighborhoods.
Who's completing the study?
The City is working with a national parking consultant firm, WGI, to complete the study. WGI has 50 years of experience in infrastructure and planning.
There were two presentations held in October 2019 of the Eau Claire Parking Study preliminary findings. Each presentation had a separate focus (one focused on the residential & neighborhood parking and the other focused on the downtown parking) but the public was invited to attend both presentations to offer comments & suggestions prior to the final study.
What are the parking regulations in downtown Eau Claire?
The Downtown Parking Map (pdf) shows a summary of parking regulations. Call 715-839-4934 with any questions about parking locations, various parking options or general parking questions. In general:
All metered and on-street two-hour parking downtown is enforced from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
Permit parking is enforced during the week based on posted times of parking lots.
Most municipal parking lots have free parking after 5:00 p.m. during the week in the permit parking stalls.
Some lots provide longer restricted time frames during the week and some lots have no restrictions at all during evenings or on weekends.
| BARSTOW STREET LOT:
|2-hour limit from 9am to 5pm on Monday - Friday|
|FARWELL STREET LOT:||Free in permit stalls from 5pm to 7am on Monday - Friday, Saturday & Sunday
|FOREST STREET LOT:||4-hour limit from 9am to 5pm on Monday - Friday, Saturday & Sunday|
|MENOMONIE STREET LOT:||Free daily parking|
|ON STREET:||From 6pm to 2am|
|RAILROAD LOT:||From 6pm to 6am|
|Free in permit stalls from 5pm to 7am on Monday - Friday, Saturday & Sunday|
|RIVERVIEW LOT:||Free in permit stalls from 5pm to 7am on Monday - Friday, Saturday & Sunday|
|SCHLEGELMILCH-MCDANIEL LOT:||Free daily parking|
|SEAVER STREET LOT:||From 6pm to 6am on Monday - Friday, Saturday & Sunday|
Enforcement & Rate
Parking meters are enforced daily from 6am to 6pm with the exception of holidays. Parking meters & 2-hour parking are not enforced by the City on the following holidays:
|New Year's Day|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day|
|Christmas Eve Day|
|New Year's Eve Day|
Meter parking rates are $0.25 per hour. The exception to this rate is the City's two parking ramps and the Riverside Parking Deck lot, which are $0.50 per hour. View Parking Lots & Ramps. for additional details.
Several options are available for longer-term parking in downtown Eau Claire. Fees are dependent on location and type of permit being purchased; view parking rates for details.
Parking Ramp Pass: Obtain in Engineering
Parking ramp passes are purchased in Engineering. Call 715-839-4934 with questions about obtaining passes for the two ramps listed below.
|Farwell/Gibson Street Parking Ramp Pass
North Barstow Street Parking Ramp Pass
Quarterly Permit: Obtain in Treasury
Quarterly permits are purchased in Treasury; permits must be placed in your vehicle after purchasing so as the permit is visible from the front of the vehicle. Call 715-839-4923 with questions about obtaining any of the permits listed below.
This permit provides on-street parking access and access to park in multiple parking lots including:
|Farwell Street Lot|
|Riverside Parking Deck,
Upper or Lower Level
|Riverview Parking Lot|
|Seaver Street Lot|