IMPORTANT: Boat Show Parking In Annapolis

| October 13, 2011 | 1 Comment

For anyone visiting Annapolis, this weekend or in general, you know that parking is a hassle–and that is putting it mildly. The “convenient” garages are full and finding a metered spot is nearly impossible.  There are three hidden treasures in the Annapolis Parking discussion. Knighton and Park Place garages.  They are cheap and usually empty. The third one that ties into the first two is the CIRCULATOR.

The CIRCULATOR is a low cost (50¢ or FREE) trolly that runs between Memorial Circle (City Dock) and Westgate Circle (Park Place). You wait no more than 6 minutes and can flag it down anywhere along the route. Flash a parking stub from one of the garages and your ride is free. If you live downtown or are staying at one of the local hotels, it is only 50¢.  They are easy to spot–they are trolleys and not buses.

With the jacked up parking rates at the “convenient” garages, this makes it easy to navigate downtown with ease and convenience.

INCREASED RATES

For all those attending the Powerboat show in Annapolis, special event parking prices will go into effect at both the Noah Hillman (Main Street) and Gott’s Court (Behind Visitor’s Center on Calvert) Garages. During the  event, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., parking at Hillman Garage will be $20 per day and at Gott’s Garage $15 per day.

Both the Knighton (across from the O’Callaghan Hotel and behind Lemongrass/Metropolitan)  and Park Place (on Taylor Avenue just off West Street at the Westgate Circle) garages will remain at $5 per day max rate during the shows.

RESIDENTS

City residents can continue to utilize their resident parking decals and get two hours free parking during the boat shows at all garages. After the two hours, the resident will pay regular prices at the garages rather than the event parking rates. Also, existing monthly parking permit holders will not be affected by the special event parking rates.

FREE CIRCULATOR

For employees, residents and visitors, the City will be utilizing the CIRCULATOR trolleys as a means of quickly moving people around the Central Business District (CBD) during the boat shows. The Central Business District includes areas between West Gate Circle and Memorial Circle at City Dock.

Park in any of the four City garages and your ticket stub allows you to ride the CIRCULATOR all day at no additional cost.  If you don’t have a parking stub, you can still ride the CIRCULATOR for 50 cents per ride and easily wave down one of our courteous drivers and jump on anywhere along the route.

Please remember, the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is outside the Central Business District, so anyone parking at the stadium will pay the stadium’s parking fee as well as an additional $1.50 for CIRCULATOR service back into the CBD.

Knighton and Park Place garages are both just down the road from the stadium, charge $5 a day, have covered parking, and a stub allows them free passage on the CIRCULATOR.

For more information on the garage pricing, call the Department of Transportation at 410-263-7964.

Tags: , ,

Category: NEWS, OPINION

About the Author ()

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009. John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.