City fine-tunes downtown parking policy

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The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is trying to help navigate merchants through the upcoming change in parking enforcement.

Starting Jan. 1, fines for violations in the two-hour parking zones will double across the board. Through its weekly newsletter, issued Thursday, the foundation is distributing maps to show the two-hour and all-day parking locations. The information is also being distributed to businesses downtown during the last two weeks of the year.

The Walla Walla City Council approved the fine increases earlier this month. Parking fines will start at $10 and increase to $30, $50 and $100 for fines accrued within 30 consecutive days from the initial fine.

According to the municipal code, visitors may only park in a designated city block or two-hour lot for those two hours per day. The time starts from the moment the vehicle is parked and ends two hours later. Visitors are not supposed to return to that lot or block for the remainder of the business day. Those who do may receive a ticket. More details of the ordinance can be seen on the city’s website under the title 10 of the municipal code. For more information, contact parking enforcement officer Amy Harris at 527-4434 extension 4557.

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