Study: Downtown Geneva has enough parking spaces

The problem with parking in downtown Geneva is that people think it’s a problem.

That’s one of the conclusions of a new downtown parking study conducted by Bergmann Associates in conjunction with the city.

The $40,000 study started about a year ago, and was paid with $36,000 in state funds and $4,000 of city money, said Sage Gerling, the city’s director of neighborhood initiatives.

The study includes input from three public meetings and a web survey. Some of the research was gathered during input the Downtown Revitalization Initiative planning process, said Gerling.

The document is mostly complete, but will get some final tweaks related to the implementation of some of the recommendations, said Gerling.

She said the perception that there is too little parking is inaccurate but understandable. Sometimes people just don’t know where those parking spaces are, Gerling explained. Sometimes the spaces are farther away from motorists’ intended downtown destinations.

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