Friday, February 1, 2013

Proposal to use DCUSA parking garage for churches -- win-win?

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard this: the always nearly-empty DCUSA parking garage will have a new use on Sundays: discounted parking for local churches. Church service on Sunday often means a housing crunch in surrounding areas as churchgoers, many from the Maryand 'burbs, come into the area. The idea is to give churchgoers a $2 discount to use the 1,000 space garage, with the discount applying from 7am to 7pm. Local non-profits and community groups will also receive the discount on Sundays. The Northwest Current has more (see page 3.)

To me, this sounds great. There are a number of churches in the area and a lot more cars on Sunday, exacerbating the already crowded atmosphere around the shopping center. The Current reports that there are still a few steps before this takes effect, with a city parking board and the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission needing to agree on it. However, ANC commish Laina Aquiline (who's been busy lately) already supports it.

I sure hope this happens. Nice to see an innovative solution to this underused parking garage, which is still almost empty even on the weekends. I still think turning it into a skating rink would be cool, though.

What do you think?


  1. would be nice if the churches used your their parking lots for the community on weekdays.

  2. Floor hockey is cheaper and just as fun. The columns are a bit tricky to navigate.

    Indoor ultimate frisbee has the same problem.


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