Be careful, even rock stars get towed on the Downtown Mall. Check out this story from musician, and Charlottesville native, Dave Matthews.
Of course, if you follow the rules–make sure you read what the parking rules are, and what happens if you go over your time–you won’t end up like Dave Matthews. And, since many of the shops and restaurants on the DTM validate parking, you shouldn’t sweat it.
Here’s a video, courtesy of Charlottesville Hot Yoga, that gives you a good overview of the parking options Downtown. There are actually quite a few!
Water Street Parking Garage: open until Midnight Monday thru Wednesday, until 1am Thursday thru Saturday, and until 10pm on Sunday. $2 an hour. Don’t want to be out on the town and not get your car before the garage closes: $50 to get your car out, if you can reach someone at 434.825.8854.
Market Street Parking Garage: same hours, rate as Water Street Garage. Same deal if you don’t get your car out before it closes.
Omni Hotel: you can park at the hotel garage for $1.50 an hour. (Do NOT park in the Staples parking lot across the street, which is reserved for Staples customers and you run the risk of being towed.) Free, of course, if you’re staying at the hotel.
Water Street Lot: same hours as Water Street Garage, but a little more expensive at $2.50 an hour. Plus, you can get your car out of there.
Citizens Commonwealth Center: since the UVA Community Credit Union left the building, there’s a lot of spaces here. $5 for the evening.
218 West Market Street: real close to the Mall, but not a lot of spaces. $5 for the evening.
Charlottesville City Water Street lot: metered parking during the day, but free at night. This is where they have the Charlottesville City Market, so no parking there on Saturday during the growing season.
FREE on-street parking: yes, there is plenty of it (Free for two-hours, of course. Check signs so you don’t get ticketed)
East Water Street: there are about 50 unrestricted spots here, not too far from the Transit Center and the Pavilion.
300 block of Avon Street: about 17 unrestricted spaces. Map directs you down Garrett Street to Mall, but there are stairs to the Belmont Bridge nearby.
Levy Avenue: about 13 unrestricted spaces.
End of 6th Street SE: about 10 unrestricted spots on one side of the street
6th Street SE between Monticello Avenue and Garret Street: a whopping 68 unrestricted spaces here
Garrett Street: about 80 unrestricted spots here scattered on both side of the street. Certain section have 2-hour limits. You’ll see the signs. Also, Garrett Street headed west is a dead end, and you’ll find some on-street parking spaces down that way.
Gleason Street: you’ll find about 17 unrestricted spots here
Monticello Avenue: you’ll find well over 100 unrestricted parking spots here on both sides of the street
West South Street: about 6 unrestricted spots tucked away here
High Street: there are about 37 unrestricted parking spaces scattered up and down the street. Not too many. And they are usually taken. These are the only unrestricted spaces on the Northside
You’ll find about 250-300 2-hour parking spaces scattered around the streets just north of the Mall. You’ll get a ticket if you go over the limit during the day until 6pm (although sometimes you get lucky and they don’t hand them out that day), but after that time these are basically unrestricted spaces. Here are the more convient places to park after enforcement hours:
West Market Street: sometime you get lucky and find on-street spots here, right near Fellini’s and Vinegar Hill Theater
1st Street North: occasional spots here, but often times there is a funeral going on at the funeral home and the spots are reserved.
Up and down Jefferson Street: about 56 spots from down near McGuffey Park to Court Square, both sides of the street.
5th Street NE: about 10 spots. Near Pavilion side of Mall
4th Street NE: about 23 spots from Mall to High Street
3rd Street NE: about 12 spots from Mall to High Street
2nd Street NE: only about 7 spots from Mall to High Street
8th Street NE & Jefferson Street: about 20 spots in this area
7th Street NE: about 12 spots on this street near Court Square
NOTE: Monday through Friday until 6pm, there’s a 2-hour limit for many on-street parking spaces (enforcment is pretty regular, but you can get lucky. $15 fine, $30 after three days). After hours and on the weekend, these spaces are unrestricted. However, there are also a number of unrestricted parking spaces around the Mall during weekdays.
NOTE on Vehicle crossings: there are two: one at 4th Street, and one at 2nd Street NW. Fourth Street crossing entrance on Market Street goes south, 2nd Street crossing on Water Street goes north