Downtown

In Downtown, the City of Wichita works to efficiently and effectively provide public parking in order to contribute to the success of Wichita. In Downtown Wichita, the City operates and maintains approximately 3,520 on-street spaces and approximately 9,000 off-street spaces.

Parking

Where to Park

You can find locations to park by visiting the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation's Where to Park webpage or The Car Park's map. There are a variety of transportation options from parking to destinations in Downtown. Be sure to check out the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation's Transportation Services website for the latest information on free trolleys, bike share, and other modes. Below are some specific resources from Wichita Downtown Development Corporation's Transportation Services:

Monthly Parking

If you are interested in paying for parking month-to-month, then please visit The Car Park's website. The Car Park has been hired by the City to operate many of the City's parking locations.

Long Term Parking

If you are interested in entering into a long-term parking agreement (more than 12 months), then please contact the City's Parking and Mobility Division at 316-352-4855.

Policies and Plans

The Project Downtown Plan recommends that the City work to expand transportation choices by locating parking to improve access and stimulate re-investment. In order to accomplish this, the City of Wichita works to accomplish the following:

  • Implement the Downtown Parking and Mobility Management Plan to improve utilization
  • Prioritize and invest in parking for places where it:
    • Serves multiple uses 24/7
    • Unlocks "refill" opportunity for significant buildings lacking parking
    • Expands development opportunity on prime sites through efficient land use
    • Promotes walkability
  • Invests in public parking structures as crucial downtown infrastructure
  • Institute transportation demand management and improve walking, transit, and bicycling options - to reduce congestion and future parking demand
  • Provide on-street parking

Parking Operations

The City of Wichita contracts with The Car Park, a private vendor to operate and manage some of the City's parking facilities and some special events. The vendor's responsibilities generally include cleaning, minor maintenance, and operations (customer service, fee collections, etc.). The City's vendor does have the authority to issue private parking tickets/violations for the City parking they manage.

Parking Meters

The City of Wichita uses parking meters at both on-street and lot parking spaces to help manage parking and to help ensure that a few parking spaces are available for use. Below are some quick tips on using parking meters in Wichita.

  • The meters accept coins (quarters, nickels, and dimes)
  • The meters will not accept paper currency
  • The parking meters will not give change
  • Some parking meter spaces are time-limited and per Section 11.68.90 of the Wichita Municipal Code, it is illegal for persons to feed the meter beyond the legal maximum parking time
  • The individual parking meters will display the applicable time limits, fees, and effective times
  • You can report issues with parking meters by calling 316-942-4482