Vancouver Safe Parking Zone begins search for new site

The Safe Parking Zone opened in partnership with Centennial Real Estate and the Vancouver Mall; it will close on Thursday

VANCOUVER – The city of Vancouver’s Safe Parking Zone at Vancouver Mall will close on Thursday (May 7), and the city has begun looking for a new location.

The Safe Parking Zone opened in partnership with Centennial Real Estate and the Vancouver Mall. As the mall prepares to open for curbside retail pick-up as part of Washington’s first phase to reopen businesses, the Safe Parking Zone must relocate to continue operations.

The city of Vancouver’s Safe Parking Zone at Vancouver Mall will close on Thursday, and the city has begun looking for a new location.
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The city is exploring alternate sites to house the program while state and city emergency orders are in place but no new partnership has been identified at this time. Registered participants have been notified of the change and will be contacted when a new site is secured to re-enroll in the program at that time.

“We are grateful to Centennial Real Estate and the Vancouver Mall for their partnership in opening and operating the Safe Parking Zone,” said David Perlick, one of the city employees overseeing the project. “The model of service is working well and we hope to find a new site quickly so we can continue to provide a safe place for residents who are following Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders in their motor vehicles.”

The Safe Parking Zone opened April 2, offering 24 hour parking, restrooms and garbage service to registered participants. In its first month of operation, the Safe Parking Zone averaged 40 vehicles and served up to 60 participants per day. New site information will be shared as it becomes available.

More information about the Safe Parking Zone program can be found at www.cityofvancouver.us/safeparking.

For information about the city of Vancouver’s response to COVID-19, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/coronavirus.

Information provided by city of Vancouver.

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