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Page last updated on May 6, 2022 at 9:56 am

Welcome to the City of Bloomington!

A variety of parking options exist downtown, including on-street, surface pay lots, and currently four centrally located parking garages.

If you're spending the day, or even multiple days, we encourage you to use one of our off-street parking garage options with reasonable rates and excellent convenience. There are also free parking opportunities at our garages, lots, and on-street spaces see below for details.

Here are three links that might be useful resources for your visit: downtown parking options, interactive parking map, and Parking Map Gallery.


Parkmobile: Pay As You Go Smart Phone Mobile Pay App

Parkmobile app, allows the user to start the meter on their smartphone and let the time run until the user manually stops the time count. Please be aware that Parkmobile will not automatically stop the meter runtime after a specific amount of time has passed.  Users must stop the meter once they return to their vehicles.  Click to Park Mobile Frequently Asked Questions: Park Mobile Pay By Phone FAQ's


Parking Meters & Pay Stations

How to Pay

Use credit cards, debit cards, or coins.

  • If using coins - $0.25 per 15 minutes
  • Meters will accept $1 coins, quarters, dimes, and nickels
  • If using a credit or debit card, there's a 1-hour minimum purchase
  • A convenience fee of $0.30 per card swipe is added 
  • MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are accepted
  • Meters will not accept paper currency
  • Parking meters will not give change


Parking Meters & Parking Pay Stations Enforcement Hours

Monday through Saturday – 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

Meters & Pay Stations are free on Sundays and all official City of Bloomington holidays. 


Downtown Parking Garages

Click here to learn more about Downtown Parking Garages


Downtown Surface Lots

Parking meter rates are $1.00 per hour, each lot is Parkmobile ready, and lots are free after 9:00 pm daily, Sundays, and on all official City of Bloomington holidays.  All lots are enforced 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday.

Lot 1 - Dunn Street and E. 4th Street (just off of Restaurant Row)

Lot 3 - E. 4th Street and Washington Street (behind the Buskirk-Chumley Theater)

Lot 5 - E. 6th Street and Lincoln Street (across from the Monroe County Public Library)   Reserved spaces in Lot 5 are for permit holders only.

Lot 6 - E. 3rd Street and Washington Street (behind the Bloomington Police Department)


Free 2 Hour On-Street Parking:

Rogers Street from 5th to 11th 

Washington Street from 2nd to 3rd

Lincoln Street from 3rd to Smith

Free 24/7 On-Street Parking:

Grant Street from 2nd to Smith

Madison Street from 2nd to 3rd