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?


Anonymous said...

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

Garage non-user said...

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

Indoor ultimate frisbee has the same problem.