Ephrata Parking Study
The aim of this study was to provide strategies to improve existing parking by determining present parking supply vs. potential future demand, reviewing shared use parking, evaluating parking lot consolidation or expansion opportunities, recommending the location and type of future parking (if determined to be necessary), and making improvements to traffic flow patterns throughout the study area.
The study found that Ephrata currently has more than adequate total parking spaces available during a typical weekday. The area has 1790 parking spaces, which have an average occupancy of 40%. Going forward, Derck & Edson recommended some parking management strategies. These strategies were to expand the usage parking meters and transition to digital meters, kiosks, and parking apps. Another strategy is to expand shared use agreements or even create two-tiered parking structures. Consistent and clear signage would also help to create an easy to understand message to potential parking users what is and what is not a public parking area.