Cherry Creek parking issues continue to be a problem

Crowded parking in Cherry Creek North

Crowded parking in Cherry Creek North

DENVER — Cities such as Denver always find themselves making rules and regulations which impact residents one way or the other.

In Cherry Creek North, where the shopping district draws millions, parking is at a premium. When one car leaves the curb another is waiting to take its place.

“It’s a mess trying to find a spot, sometimes it takes me up to a half hour,” said shopper Penni Levine.

Nell Solcumb says, “Finding a spot is very difficult no matter what time of year it is.”

And Diana Gonzales also says, “With all the construction it is a hot mess, trying to park these days!”

For the past ten years, residents living around CCN have been using parking permits which allow them to park in front of their homes or condos. But signage on their block prohibits any other taxpayer from parking there.

“We try to make everything fair for shoppers, residents and business owners who hear complaints about parking,” said Denver Public Works traffic engineer, Matt Wager.

Business owner Jim Hannifin says he has meters in front of his business on Colfax, and is fine with dropping a dime or two when parking out front.

“I’m just upset that some rich folks in the Creek, don’t want to pay an extra $20 (which would make a permit cost some $40) for exclusive on-street parking in front of their homes. This in effect is segregation because they want no one else to park on their block, when the spaces sit empty all day! Taxpayers are subsidizing those with means to the tune of about a half million dollars a year,” says the informal parking monitor, Hannifin.

Still, the city says it doesn’t anticipate making any changes in or around Cherry Creek North.

Parking managers say over the years the area has gone from free curb parking to kiosks, which didn’t work well, to meters. Now, the hope is after holding a series of public meetings, there will be solutions which benefit shoppers, residents and business owners in the Creek.