ACDA Outlines Its Plans for Parking Changes to Downtown

August 04, 2011

On August 1, 2011, the Anchorage Community Development Authority (ACDA) restarted downtown parking enforcement as outlined in Anchorage Ordinance 2011-65 (as amended). Implementation of this ordinance "will improve the business climate in downtown Anchorage," said Ernie Hall, Anchorage Assembly Vice Chair.

ACDA has been administratively managing parking citations since 1984, and it processes will remain the same. The appeal process will continue via the court system; payments for parking citation will be made to ACDA; and outstanding parking citations will be turned over to a collection agency after 90 days.

ACDA's Parking Enforcement Officers (PEO) are authorized to enforce parking in the downtown core bounded by Ship Creek on the North, Gambell Street on the East, 10th Avenue on the South, and M Street on the West. The voter approved ordinance authorizes ACDA with limited parking enforcement, and ACDA officials are taking the restrictions seriously. Expired parking meters; loading zone; red zones; fire zones; improper parking on sidewalks; closures for snow-plowing; and handicap parking are the primary focus of the new PEO's. Officers with the Anchorage Police Department will continue to enforce infractions like expired tags.

"Safety is the most important reason to control parking", says Rick Onstott, ACDA Parking Director. "Our new PEOs' priorities reflect that commitment to keeping downtown streets safe," he said.

Onstott continue. "It's not our goal to catch people, make money or reach a quota of parking tickets. In fact, our goal is to issue fewer tickets, because that means we are fulfilling our aim. In addition to parking safely, we need motorists to comply with on-street parking laws such as the posted maximum stay, which will create more consistent access to parking spaces near businesses," said Onstott.

The new PEOs are operating under the name of "EasyPark" (ACDA's newly names parking division), and are issuing parking "dismissal opportunity cards" with every citation for the next 60 days. During the 60-day per period, parkers who are either unfamiliar with the downtown parking rules or have been relying on no parking enforcement being present will have the opportunity to get their first ticket dismissed by taking a quick quiz online at www.easyparkalaska.com. (The answers are provided at the bottom of the quiz). More importantly, it will provide a gentle reminder that parking rules are again being enforced and need to be followed.

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Founded in 1984, the Anchorage Community Development Authority is a public corporate authority for the Municipality of Anchorage. ACDA manages more than 6,000 parking spaces downtown. ACDA's parking mission is to provide convenient and safe parking services for the Municipality of Anchorage.

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