One side of an entire downtown street will be converted to paid parking on Tuesday.
The east side of Spring Street from Main to Durant will be converted from dedicated carpool spots to paid parking, said Tim Ware, the city’s parking director.
The conversion of 21 spaces will bring in an estimated $10,500 in new revenue annually, Ware said.
The impetus for going to paid parking on Spring Street, according to Ware, is that the city has lost about 20 spaces in the downtown core due to development since meters were implemented in 1995. That’s not including the spaces that are currently temporarily lost due to large construction projects on Galena Street, Hopkins Avenue, Hunter Street and Hyman Avenue.
“We are trying to get back to net gain,” Ware said. “It’s time to reclaim paid parking. … At least we will be back to flush.”
The east side of Spring Street has been carpool parking since paid parking was implemented. The program offers free parking passes for high-occupancy vehicles. Those with carpool permits who are accustomed to parking on Spring Street will be able to continue to park for free on nearby residential streets. There are also other carpool-designated parking areas around town, such as behind the Hotel Jerome on Bleeker Street and in the parking lot near the Aspen Chamber Resort Association offices.
The additional pay stations have been purchased and cost $20,000. Ware said the stations were bought used because the parking department is scheduled to replace all of the city’s pay stations in 2016.