Parking downtown is slowly becoming more of a challenge. The city of Olympia has been slowly eliminating parking spaces through enhancements to sidewalks and pedestrian crossings that I believe are truly important. As well, public transit, while being a great resource, is not always convenient.
But now that we have learned that we will lose the city parking lot on Columbia Street between Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue to a new building project, I would like to suggest that the city purchase the lot behind the now sold Department of Personnel building as part of the supporting infrastructure in the downtown core. This lot is a great resource for people who attend evening and weekend events downtown.
This parking lot would be better enhanced as a multistory parking garage and will truly be needed in the near future.