News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 11/10/2010
Subject :

Parking Restrictions Temporarily Relaxed in Downtown for the Holidays
Contact : Thomas J. Fehrenbach, Economic Development Manager    650-329-2604
Palo Alto, CA – From November 15, 2010, through January 1, 2011, parking enforcement in Palo Alto's downtown shopping district will be temporarily relaxed to allow shoppers and visitors to park up to four hours for free during the holidays in public City parking garages: Alma/High Streets (Garage R), Bryant/Lytton (Garage S/L), Civic Center (Garage CC), Cowper/Webster (Garage WC) and Ramona/University (Garage B), except in designated permit spaces. All-day parking permits are available. 

"We want to encourage visitors to come to Palo Alto to shop, dine, do their errands and enjoy the festive atmosphere in downtown during the holiday season," said Thomas Fehrenbach, the City’s new Economic Development Manager. "It's also a great way to remind folks that tend to circle the surface lots and streets looking for parking that there's often availability in our many downtown garages."

Citizens desiring to park longer can purchase all-day parking permits at the "Pay and Stay” parking permit machines located on the first floor of the multi-level parking garages at Lot S/L located at Bryant/Lytton and at the Cowper/Webster garage and the City of Palo Alto Revenue Collections counter in the City Hall first floor lobby at 250 Hamilton Avenue.

According to the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce this is great news  for downtown businesses as well as shoppers and visitors. “Extending the hours in the downtown parking garages to four hours during the holiday season affords customers the opportunity to linger in downtown Palo Alto to enjoy the unique retail and hospitality experience,” said Paula Sandas, CEO/President, said. “All of our garages are within a block of University Avenue, conveniently located throughout the entire downtown shopping district.”

Surface street parking and surface parking lots will maintain two-hour free parking status within the Color Zones downtown. All other parking restrictions, such as yellow and white loading zones, red and green curbs, handicap parking, permit-only parking, downtown color zone regulations, no parking signs, etc., will continue to be strictly enforced.

"The Holiday Season is critical to our merchants in Downtown Palo Alto,” said Paul Wright Interim Executive Director, Palo Alto Downtown. “Your support not only helps your local businesses, it keeps your sales tax dollars in Palo Alto."

Visit to download a map of parking garages and color zones and visit for additional parking information.