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 retail businesses will provide a validation voucher for Smart Park parking with qualifying purchases.
Additional privately owned parking lots with varying daily, hourly, evening and weekend rates can be found throughout the central city.
Free parking by SmartPark
For three Sundays in December, parking at SmartPark will be the best deal you can find in downtown Portland: free! On Dec. 4, 11, and 18, customers who park at a SmartPark garage can visit the customer service kiosk at Pioneer Place (lower level near Gap) or at Director Park (S.W. Park Ave. and Yamhill St.) from noon-5 p.m. to show their eligible SmartPark ticket for the day and receive a $5 parking voucher to cover that day’s parking cost.