The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board offers many options for parking throughout the parks system. Pay parking areas are in regional park lots, on-street meters on parkways, contract lots, and event parking. There are many free parking lots (including neighborhood parks) and bays on parkways throughout Minneapolis. The links below provide information on specific areas of our parking services to meet all of our park patrons needs. For areas of parking, how to use our pay parking terminals, and ADA accessibility policies, please see below on this page.

Pay Parking is enforced in pay lots and on-street meters daily, including holidays.  Please note that Minneapolis Park and Recreation board pay parking regulations may differ from other municipal entities for holidays and hours of pay parking.

Parking Payment Information

Learn about how to pay, the annual patron permit, the pay by phone parking app, and event/contract parking,

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Annual Patron Parking Permit

Permit provides year-round parking privileges at all designated regional Patron Parking lots.

Buy/Renew an Annual Patron Parking Permit

Pay a Citation Online

Parking Citations are now being written as Hennepin County Citations. For further information please follow the link below:

Ticket & Citation Info

Accessible Parking

Pay and Display Parking Lots

During park hours, visitors with either handicap plates or placard (hang tag) are encouraged to park in the designated handicap parking stalls. If these spaces are unavailable, you may park in any space at no charge. Annual Patron Parking Permits may be purchased, but are not required.

Parking Meters

During park hours, visitors with either handicap plates or placard (hang tag) may park at any parking lot meter or on-street meter at no charge.

The parking kiosk would not accept my payment, what should I do?

Please report a meter issue using the online form on this page.

I received a citation, what are my options?

See the Tickets & Citations page for more information.

Does my Annual Patron Parking Permit apply to parking kiosks?

The Annual Patron Permit is not valid at on-street multi-space or single space parking kiosks.

Can I purchase my parking in advance?

At this time we do not offer advanced payment of parking for our on-street parking kiosks or in pay lots, with the exception of reserved parking for private events.

Do I have to pay for parking if I reserved an event space?

Parking for private events that require the use of a pay lot is arranged when you make your event reservation through Use and Event Permitting.

Do the parking kiosks accept credit cards?

All multi-space on-street parking kiosks accept coin or credit card(Visa, Master Card, American Express); single space parking kiosks on West River Road and East River Road only accept coins.

When is it required to display my receipt on the dashboard?

Pay and Display Parking Lots require receipts to be displayed face up on the dashboard. On-street multi-space parking kiosks do not require receipt to be displayed, but we recommend holding onto the receipt for your records. Single space parking kiosks (coin) do not print out receipts.

Pay Lots

Regulations

  • 2019 Parking Rates begin at $1.00 per hour, with some rates highlighted below:
    • East River Flats: $1.75 per hour, $7.50 per day. After 3pm $4.00 per day.
    • Bohemian Flats: $1.00/hr, $2.25/day before 10am M-F, $4.00/day Mon.-Fri. after 10 am and all day Sat.-Sun.
    • Parade Baseball/Sculpture Garden: $4.00/day.
    • Eloise Butler: $1.00/hr, $4.00/day
    • Minnehaha Park (North of 50th/MN Veterans Home): $1.50/hr, except Fri-Sun from April-Sept is $2.00 per hour.
    • Minnehaha Park (South of 50th/MN Veterans Home bridge): $1.00/hr, except Fri-Sun from April-Sept is $1.50/hr
    • Bde Maka Ska, Lake Harriet, Lake Nokomis: $1.25 per hour
  • Format: Pay & Display (see instructions under “How to Pay”)
  • Meters accept U.S. Quarters and Dollar coins, along with Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard/American Express). Select meters accept U.S. bills: Minnehaha Falls (2 meters), Nokomis Main (1 meter).
  • No change or refunds given.
  • Meters enforced daily, including holidays.
  • Hours: Most lots are 6 am-10 pm, but there are some locations where the hours are 6 am-12 am. Please refer to “No Parking” signs in each pay lot that indicate the hours of no parking. Please note that parking hours and days may vary from other municipalities.

Locations

See the Annual Parking Permit page for information on where the parking permit is valid.

North

Includes: Theodore Wirth Park

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Lot

South Wirth Lot

  • The Trailhead – The Loppet foundation may validate parking fees for certain events. Receipt must be presented for validation.

Wirth Quaking Bog Lot

Downtown

Includes: Mississippi River, Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Southwest

Includes: Chain of Lakes

Cedar Lake

Bde Maka Ska

Lake Harriet

South

Includes: Minnehaha Park, Lake Nokomis

Lake Nokomis Main Beach Lot

Minnehaha Park

On-Street Parking Kiosks

Regulations

  • 2019 Parking Rates begin at $1.00 per hour, with some rates highlighted below:
    • East River Road Washington to Arlington, $2.50/hr
    • East River Road Oak to Fulton, $1.50/hr
    • Historic Main Street: $1.50 per hour
    • Minnehaha Park (North of 50th/MN Veterans Home): $1.50/hr, except Fri-Sun from April-Sept is $2.00 per hour.
    • Minnehaha Park (South of 50th/MN Veterans Home bridge): $1.00/hr, except Fri-Sun from April-Sept is $1.50/hr
    • East River Road Hospital Frontage:
      • $2.00 per hour 4 pm-12 am Mon-Fri, all day Saturday-Sunday.
      • Please note that 6 am-4 pm this area is closed to public parking as it is a loading zone. University of Minnesota Police Department enforce loading zone. Park Police enforce pay parking.
  • Format: Pay by Space at meter or with Pay by Phone App, or pay at coin meter (see instructions under “How to Pay”)
  • Meters accept U.S. Quarters and Dollar coins, along with Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard/American Express).
  • No change or refunds given.
  • Meters enforced daily, including holidays.
  • Hours: All on street meters are available for parking from 6am-12am, daily. Parking is not permitted from 12am-6am. Please note that parking hours and days may vary from other municipalities.

Locations

Multi Space Meters - Coin, credit card, or Pay by Phone Payment accepted

pay parking station
  • Historic Main Street
  • East River Road between Washington and Arlington
  • East River Road between Oak and Fulton
  • West River Road between the Guthrie and Gold Medal Park
  • South Minnehaha Dr. – between roundabout and dog park
  • Minnehaha Park Dr. S – south of 54th Street past dog park
  • Dean Parkway – west side in front of Bde Maka Ska Beach Club
  • East River Road – U of M Fairview Hospital Frontage, west of Harvard St.

For Pay by Phone Payment see How to Pay: Multi-Space Meters

Single Space Coin Meters - No credit cards or Pay by Phone Payment accepted

  • E River road south of Oak St
  • W River Road parking bays – N 4th Ave. to S 4th St.

Free 2 Hour Parking Address
Lake Harriet – 46th St. (Beard’s Plaisance) 4520 West Lake Harriet Parkway
Lake Nokomis – North Lot 4820 Lake Nokomis Parkway East

 

No Charge Parking Address
B.F. Nelson Park Marshall Ave.
West River Road – Plymouth West River Road – Plymouth
West River Road – North 4th Ave. West River Road – North 4th Ave.
Wirth Lake – Main Beach 3200 Glenwood Ave. N
Lake Nokomis – Minnehaha Parkway Lake Nokomis – Minnehaha Parkway
Minnehaha Park – Longfellow Gardens 3965 East Minnehaha Pkwy.
Minnehaha Park – Lock & Dam 4952 Godfrey Pkwy.
Minnehaha Park – Wabun Picnic Area 4901 Godfrey Pkwy.
West River Road – 36th St. 3607 West River Pkwy. S
West River Road – 42nd St. 4201 West River Pkwy. S
North Mississippi Park 4900 North Mississippi Court

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2019 Permit Rates

First Permit
$40 Adult 18-61
$35 Adult 62+

Second Permit (for an additional vehicle owned by a valid permit holder)
Same fee if purchased at a later date.
$30 Adult 18-61
$20 Adult 62+

You cannot purchase a second permit to replace an expiring permit on a vehicle – renewing an expired permit is the same price as the first permit.

Replacement Permit
Issued when you return original permit and replacement fee. Expires the same month as original purchase.
$20 Adult
$15 Adult 62+

Buy/Renew a Permit

Good to Know

Each permit is linked to a license plate number. Permit holders with incomplete or incorrect license plate information may receive a citation. Permit holders are responsible for providing and maintaining accurate license plate information.

Permit valid only when affixed to inside lower right corner (passenger side) of windshield by its own adhesive.

Permit is non-transferable.

Pay a Parking Ticket