Downtown Bend Parking Garage overnight restrictions have been relaxed through this Friday, January 13th as the City of Bend encourages downtown employees and patrons to avoid parking on local roads to assist crews working to clear streets.

Downtown employees and patrons who feel that they need to leave their car downtown overnight can park in the Parking Garage located at 61 NW Oregon Avenue without receiving a ticket between the hours of 6 pm and 8 am.

This change in restrictions is aimed at removing cars from downtown roads and parking spaces, allowing plowing crews to clear additional room. Plows will be through downtown regularly for the duration of the storm.

Businesses and residents are still responsible for keeping their sidewalks clear of snow and ice. For an overview of sidewalk snow clearing responsibilities click here. For additional information on the City of Bend’s Street Operations snow and ice removal plan click here.

The Downtown Parking Garage is marked in purple in the above map (click to enlarge).

Here are some additional winter storm recommendations and tips:

  1. Stay home unless you absolutely have to go out. This prevents accidents and helps emergency first responders provide best service. Reschedule non-essential appointments.
  2. Don’t park on the road if possible. The Streets Dept. would like to be able to clear streets wider for public safety, for school and transit buses, and for all residents. Move your car to avoid risk of it getting damaged by snow removal crews.
  3. Watch out for vulnerable populations – neighbors really need to use this opportunity to check on elderly or disabled neighbors. They may be isolated and immobile. They may need shoveling, or groceries or medications. Now is the time to keep an eye on those who may not be prepared for this.
  4. Do not let children play in snow berms near roads. Snow plow drivers can’t see them.
  5. Don’t call 911 for these issues:
  • Roof issues; clearing or repairing. Google roofing contractors, arborists, or chimney sweeps. Use licensed contractors.
  • Plumbing issues such as frozen pipes. Call a licensed plumber.
  • Shoveling and snow removal. Licensed excavating contractors, landscaping contractors and construction contractors. However, government agencies are also using these services so they are busy. This is where neighbors really need to look out for each other.