Places to Park for the Arts Festival and Memorial Marathon
(April 26, 2011) - Thousands of visitors will descend on downtown Oklahoma City for the popular Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts (April 25 through May 1) and the OKC Memorial Marathon (May 1). The Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) offers suggestions for places to park for those who may not be familiar with the downtown area.
The Arts Festival takes place in the area between Sheridan and Reno at the Festival Plaza, Stage Center and the Myriad Gardens. Secured parking lots, only one and a half blocks from the Arts Festival grounds, are located under I-40, between Walker and Harvey along SW 3rd Street. The fee for parking is $5. Hours are 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Limited parking is available at the Sheridan/Walker parking facility during the week and the rate is $5. The address is 501 W. Sheridan. There is also limited parking available at the Cox Convention Center parking facility during the week for a rate of $6. Parking is not available for festival goers at this facility Wednesday, April 27 or Sunday, May 1 due to tentative NBA playoff games. The facility is located at 1 Myriad Gardens.
Parking is available at the Century Center and Santa Fe parking facilities and the event rate is $5. The Century Center Parking Facility is at 100 W. Main, and the entrance is on Sheridan. The Santa Fe Parking Facility is located at 2 Santa Fe Plaza.
Memorial Marathon participants will receive $1 parking at the Broadway/Kerr Parking Garage on Sunday, May 1st from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. The Broadway/Kerr Garage is located at 1 Robert S. Kerr.
The Downtown Trolleys are part of the downtown experience for many new and returning visitors. “Our normal trolley routes provide festival-goers the convenience of parking in one of our parking facilities and riding the trolley to the area near the Arts Festival grounds,” said Debi Holtzclaw, parking manager for COTPA. Trolley rides are free thanks to a sponsorship by Platt College.
About Central Oklahoma
Transportation & Parking Authority
The Central Oklahoma Transportation & Parking Authority (COTPA) was created by the City of Oklahoma City in 1966 to plan, develop, build, and operate a balanced parking and transportation system (METRO Transit) in the state’s capital metropolitan city. COTPA currently manages five COTPA owned garages and three surface lots. COTPA's Board of Trustees are the governing body for the oversight of METRO Transit, downtown off-street public parking and Oklahoma River Cruises.
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