Motorists parking downtown can now choose from more than 130 new stalls in the Library Parkade on Ellis Street.
The top three floors of the expanded five floor parkade have opened gradually to the public during the last couple of weeks. The first and second floors will remain under construction into the fall.
Completion of the project is anticipated for October and is expected to create an additional 197 parking stalls, bringing the total at the parkade to 668.
Ground level retail space along Ellis Street will create a more pedestrian friendly space.
In addition, maintenance of the existing parkade will occur over the next two months and will necessitate some short-term closures. Work will include minor concrete repairs, interior painting and application of a new protective deck coating. This work is being completed now before the upcoming increase in demand related to opening of the Okanagan Center for Innovation and Community Health & Services Centre.
Parking rates in the Library Parkade are $1 per hour or $6 for the day. Other than for special events and at boat launches, parking in most city-owned lots is free during evenings, weekends and holidays.
Once construction is complete, secure bike parking will be available in the Library Parkade. For $12 per month, cyclists can store their bike in a dedicated rental locker at this location and at others throughout the downtown core. For more information and to check availability, contact Kelowna parking at 250-862-8585.
The City offers a live map listing available public and private parking lots, accessible parking stalls as well as a printable downtown parking map at kelowna.ca/parking.