Important Project Updates
Where to Park
During the construction period over the next few years, downtown parking availability will vary. The City is proactively exploring additional parking resources to ensure consistent and convenient parking for all; employees, patrons, students and residents.
The map below includes free public parking as well as metered parking, and will be updated as additional parking resources become available. To download a PDF of this map, please click here. As phases of the projects are completed, parking will come back online in new and different ways.
To support downtown businesses, the City will enforce 2-hour public parking highlighted in dark blue on the map below, Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Currently, all public parking is free with the exception of metered spots.
Key Parking Information
Download and print a parking map
The City of Redding will be updating printable flyers and posters to help the community stay apprised of parking options and changes downtown.
Please continue to check back for the latest versions or reference the interactive map above for current parking options.
8.5x11 (pdf) *updated 2.6.20
11x17 poster (pdf) *updated 2.6.20
Community Feedback Forums
There will be a number of community forums occurring throughout the various phases of downtown development for the community to gather more information and provide feedback. The most recent forum topic was on the California Street Development Phasing: What to Expect, and took place on Monday October 7, 2019. Follow The City of Redding Facebook page (@cityofredding) to stay informed.
Downtown Redding Parking Strategy
The goal of this Downtown Redding Parking Strategy is to make the most efficient use of all public and private parking spaces in Downtown Redding, while planning for potential future demands that may necessitate the turnover of on-street parking spaces and the use of additional off-street parking. As construction commences on several significant new Downtown developments including the removal of the California Street Parking Structure, there will be a period of a few years when parking will be required to shift to alternative locations throughout Downtown to make use of the existing capacity.
Downtown Redding Parking Strategy covers questions like:
- How has this all been planned?
- What issues need to be addressed?
- Is there enough parking supply to satisfy the demand?
- Where else can I park?
- Alternative modes of transportation
Why is the California Parking Garage being removed?
1. The California Street Parking Garage was built in the 1970's and is in need of significant repair or replacement. As it stands, the Downtown Parking program is not self-sufficient with revenues falling well short of needs for maintenance, repair and replacement.
2. Through a recent State grant award, the City is making efforts to restore the Downtown street grid in accordance with the Downtown Specific Plan. This will open up streets to traffic through the Promenade and support revitalization efforts for Downtown.
3. The parking garage currently occupies 3 very valuable blocks of Downtown real estate that would be better utilized with more active uses; such as, mixed-use development (housing, restaurants, retail & office space) and a more compact parking garage. State grant funding and a public/private partnership will provide the needed revenue to accomplish these efforts.
Is There Enough Parking to Handle the Demand?
City Public Works staff has gathered a considerable amount of data related to current parking supply and demand by collecting data from several sources including, physical counts and interviews with business owners, property owners, commercial realtors, and more. Based on the parking model developed by the City’s consultant, parking will be tight immediately following the removal of the California Street Parking Garage, but should not dip below "demand" during construction periods. As parking comes back online with the completion of projects, Downtown Redding should fill about 75% of the parking supply during the busiest times of the day.
The Core Area Downtown focuses on the specific blocks surrounding the California Street Parking Garage. The Figure 1 graph shows the number of parking spaces available by percentage and timeline. The Strategy Area Downtown encompasses a wider Downtown area to provide additional parking resources. This plan could potentially include leased parking lots, additional metered parking spaces, and other alternatives to provide additional parking while construction projects are underway.
What Does the Timeline Look Like for Parking Changes?
How Far Away Will Parking Be?
Walking Distance Downtown-Fig.1
Once the California Street Parking Garage is removed, Fig.1 shows an average walking distance from surrounding parking areas to downtown establishments.
Common Walking Distances- Fig. 2
For comparison, Fig 2 shows the same walking distance and applies it to large parking lots around town. The average walking distance downtown will not be any further than the walk from the back of the parking lots at Costco, Target or the Redding Civic Auditorium.
To download the full PDF of these images please click here.
Alternative Modes of Transportation
One of the goals of the Downtown Strategy is to make biking, walking, and public transportation more accessible for the community. Many of the changes happening Downtown incorporate elements that make biking and walking easier, safer and more enjoyable. Another goal has been connecting Downtown Areas to existing trails like the Sacramento River Trail. The effort and intention is to make Downtown accessible in as many transportation ways as possible.