Tens of thousands of people will soon take over the streets of Downtown Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. However, city leaders and Savannah Police want residents and visitors to keep in mind that everyone is also vying for the same parking spots.
Thursday Night, Savannah Police will begin a “lockdown” of most of the parking garages, limiting entry only to cardholders in order to clear up spaces for the revelers.
Mobility and Parking Services Department is offering pre-sale parking spaces for $20 at the following garages and parking lots:
- Visitor’s Center Parking Lot, 301 Martin Luther King Jr.
- Bryan Street Garage, 100 East Bryant Street
- Liberty Street Garage, 301 West Liberty Street
- Robinson Garage, 132 Montgomery Street
- State Street Garage, 100 East State Street
- Whitaker Street Garage, 7 Whitaker Street
- Curtis B. Cooper Parking Lot, 122 Barr Street
Those interested in purchasing a space can call 912-651-6477. Passes must be picked up by Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Limited parking is also available across the river at the Savannah Convention Center for $20. The city’s ferry service will also run on a normal schedule and the ferry is free on a first-come-first-served basis.
Officers will also start enforcing towing in the staging area on Saturday morning. That is from Anderson to Gwinnett Street and Graydon to Habersham Street.
City leaders have set up a ride-sharing zone on Indian Street near the parade route for anyone who is using services such as Uber or Lyft.
Meters will be enforced on Friday, but they are free for drivers on Saturday and Sunday. Drivers who attempt to park their cars in a “tow away” zone will get a notification on their iPhone app warning them to move their vehicles.
Police and traffic engineers will set up more than 300 barricades in Whitaker and Bay Streets to control the crowds. They will also install 9 changeable message boards, alerting drivers to road closures and parking lots.
Officers said they will also be enforcing safety violations, such as drivers who attempt to park on crosswalks, sidewalks or in bike lanes.
The Chatham Area Transit will provide a free shuttle to residents and tourists who live downtown. CAT will also provide rides to downtown from the Westside Shopping Center, the Island Town Center, and the Savannah Mall. The shuttle will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will cost $5 round-trip.
Officers said that they want families to have fun, but their main priority is safety.
For additional information or clarification, visit the city’s website here.