Downtown Athens Gets New Parking Meters
127 parking space meters were installed on East Clayton Street in downtown Athens earlier this week. Now, downtown visitors will use the same style of parking meters adjacent to on-street spaces to pay for parking.
The former pay and display systems were installed on East Clayton Street and East Broad Street in 2009. Visitors used kiosks along some of these blocks to pay for parking, print out a receipt, and return to their vehicle to place the receipt on their window. These systems were initially installed to reduce street side obstacles and provide credit card payment, but they became a maintenance challenge and was unpopular with users.
In 2014, Athens Clarke County Mayor and Commission approved the installation of the parking meters to replace the pay and display systems. And the new parking meters were installed on East Broad Street later that year.
The East Clayton Street meters were designated for installation during the SPLOST 2005 project, but it was delayed from the cost of proposals being significantly over budget.
The new parking meters take coins and credit cards. They are in effect Monday through Saturday and allow up to two hour parking between 8am and 6pm. And They allow up to four hour parking from 6pm to 10pm. Parking costs a dollar per hour in meters spaces, but free parking in metered spaces is available after 10pm on Sundays and on certain special days approved by the Athens downtown development Authority Board of Directors and the Athens Mayor and Commission.