With over 500,000 visitors expected to descend on Grand Rapids for ArtPrize Nine, finding and paying for parking during the event can feel like a daunting task. Fortunately, our friends at the City of Grand Rapids have put together a handy list of tips and tricks to help you find a great parking spot

1. Download the ParkMobile app.

Let the ParkMobile app guide you through paying for metered spaces. Download the app (iOS, Android, WIndows) and register an account before your visit to ArtPrize. A huge bonus: the app stops your parking session when meters are no longer enforced, saving you money.

The City has also launched pay stations near Van Andel Arena. There you can pay with a credit card, coins, and bills; or you can use your ParkMobile App.

2. Keep some change with you.

If you prefer paying with change or don't have a smartphone, the City still has you covered! Check your parking meter for enforcement times. Most meters operate between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or 6 p.m.), Monday-Friday. Some operate later than 6 p.m. and others operate on Sundays, so be sure to read signage closely! When your meter isn't enforced, parking is free.

3. Stay in-the-know on parking rules.

To keep everyone safe on the road, keep these simple parking rules in mind. Parking isn’t allowed within:

  • 3 feet of a driveway or alley drive approach
  • 15 feet of a fire hydrant
  • 15 feet of an intersection
  • 20 feet of a marked crosswalk

4. Ramps full? Check out the City's parking lots and take the DASH into town.

During ArtPrize, City parking lots only fill up to about 40% capacity. Compare that to ramps which fill almost completely, averaging at 95% capacity during peak ArtPrizing hours. 

Rather than circling a ramp looking for an open spot, save time and energy by parking in a lot! From the City lots, walk about 10-15 minutes into downtown or catch a free DASH bus, which run every 8 minutes and travel through downtown.

DASH ArtPrize Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday, Noon-8 p.m.

View & print the DASH Visitor Map.

Westside Deal
Serviced by Free DASH Downtown Shuttle

DASH West Lot 7
$2/Entry • Cash or Card • 425 Douglas St NW

DASH West Lot 8
$3/Entry • Cash or Card • 325 Winter Ave NW

DASH West Lot 9
$2/Entry • Cash or Card • 200 Seward Ave NW

Arena South Parking
Serviced by Free DASH Downtown Shuttle

Arena Area Lot 4
$5/Entry• Cash Only • 150 Oakes St SW

Arena Area Lot 5
$10/Entry • Cash Only • 125 Ionia Ave SW

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