In Portland’s central city, there are 9,700 metered parking spaces and two types of parking meters: the SmartMeter pay station and the single-space (coin-operated) meter.
A SmartMeter is a solar-powered, multi-space parking meter that replaces a block of single-space meters. SmartMeters accept nickels, dimes, quarters, small dollar coins, prepaid cards and credit/debit cards. If a SmartMeter is broken you must still provide proof of payment, so purchase a receipt from the nearest functioning machine and post it inside your car’s curbside window.
The city owns six downtown SmartPark garages with nearly 4,000 public spaces. Each lot displays the number of available spots above the entrance in real time. More than 200 businesses will validate two hours of free SmartPark parking with qualifying purchases.
Additional privately owned parking lots with varying daily, hourly, evening and weekend rates can be found throughout the central city.
Many Portland hotels offer special packages that include free overnight parking — an average savings of more than $25/night downtown.
SmartPark Free Parking Days
On three Sundays in December, parking at SmartPark is an even better deal — it’s free!
On Dec. 7, 14 and 21, 2014, customers who park at a SmartPark garage can visit the customer service kiosk at Pioneer Place (lower level near the Gap) or Boys Fort (902 S.W. Morrison St.) any time between noon and 5 p.m. to show their eligible Smart Park ticket for the day and receive one $5 parking voucher to cover their parking for the day.