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Getting Parked During the NFL Draft

If the past year has taught us anything about Philly, it’s that we know how to host big events—and we’ll be reminded of our event hosting prowess from April 27-29 as the NFL Draft sets up shop on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

With more than 200,000 fans expected to attend, the 2017 NFL Draft Experience will offer families and devoted NFL fans a plethora of interactive experiences, including a 100-yard zipline and a selfie opportunity with the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy! Not a bad deal considering the draft experience is free to attend. For the complete run-down on the must-do attractions during the 2017 NFL Draft Experience, click here.

A word to the wise: To gain access to exclusive events during the NFL Draft Experience, register for the Fan Mobile Pass.

Now onto parking:
First things first: Throughout the duration of the NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience, there will be traffic and parking restrictions on and around the Ben Franklin Parkway. For a comprehensive list of the restrictions, click here. Maps highlighting the traffic and parking restrictions can also be seen here.  

Free Parking for Draft Attendees:
Those attending the NFL Draft and NFL Draft Experience can park for FREE at the sports stadium complex located in South Philadelphia. If you plan on parking at the sports stadium complex, you’re encouraged to utilize SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway, located at Pattison Avenue and Broad Street.  

PPA Parking Facilities Near the NFL Draft:
If you’d rather park closer to all the festivities on the Parkway, the PPA operates three facilities within close walking distance. Check out the rates and locations below. As always, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions!

 

Gateway Parking Garage:
1540 Vine Street

Rates:

 

  • Up to 20 Minutes – $3.00
  • Each Additional 20 Minutes (or portion)  – $3.00
  • Up to 10 Hours – $18.00
  • Up to 24 Hours – $22.00
  • Evening Rates (M-F enter AFTER 5 p.m., exit by 9 a.m.) – $5.00
  • Weekend Rate – (Sat & Sun, must exit by Monday at 9am) – $7 per day

 

19th & Callowhill Low
1901 Callowhill Street

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour – $6.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $11.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $17.00
  • Up to 24 hours – $19.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter before 9 a.m., Exit by 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $11.00
  • Weekends – $11.00 (Flat Rate Per Day)
  • Evening (enter after 5 p.m., exit by 6 a.m. Monday-Friday) – $9.00

 

Family Courthouse Garage:
1503-11 Arch Street

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $13.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $18.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $24.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $26.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 9 a.m., exit by 7 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $16.00
  • Evenings rate after 5 p.m. (exit by 6 a.m.) – $10.00
  • Weekend rate (per day, exit by 6 a.m.) – $12.50
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Where to Park for the Philadelphia Science Festival

 

Put your thinking caps on: On April 21, the Philadelphia Science Festival returns for its 7th year! Organized by the Franklin Institute, the nine-day, citywide festival aims to celebrate and build a community around science, engineering and technology to perhaps inspire the next Einstein.

Through April 29, the festival will boast more than 80 events ranging from family outings to workshops for all ages scattered throughout Philly. Get a sneak peak of the festival in the promo reel below:

 

The grand finale comes on Saturday, April 29 during the Science Carnival at Penn’s Landing, where event-goers will be treated to live entertainment, geeky games and dynamic demonstrations. Sound like your cup of tea? Plan ahead and map out your experience by checking out the event guide here.

Before unleashing the nerdiness within you, let’s get you parked. With all the events and workshops scattered throughout Philly, you’ll find conveniently located parking at one of our seven Center City garages. If you’re holding out for the Science Carnival on April 29, our Old City AutoPark is located only blocks away from the festivities. Check out the rates below and give us a holler on Twitter or Facebook if you have any questions!

 

Old City AutoPark:
2nd & Sansom Streets

Rates:

  • Up to 1/2 hour – $4.00
  • Up to 1 hours – $8.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours – $12.50
  • Up to 2 hours – $16.50
  • Up to 12 hours – $18.50
  • Up to 24 hours – $20.50

Specials:

Early Bird – Enter by 9 a.m., exit by 6 p.m. – $10.50

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PPA Suspends Mobile App Payments

 

(PHILADELPHIA) — Executive Director Clarena Tolson announced that the Philadelphia Parking Authority will suspend parking meter payments through the mobile payment app, meterUp powered by Pango, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, April 12.  “Financial problems being experienced by its service provider, Pango USA, led us to conclude that we must suspend this payment option,” Tolson said.  Motorists who use the app will be able to use kiosks for payment.

In making the announcement, Tolson “apologized for any inconvenience this unavoidable disruption may cause customers” and stressed that “other forms of payment, including cash, coins and credit cards are accepted at all kiosks.”

Pango USA is a privately held company which provides the digital system that powers the meterUp app. Pango told the PPA that it is experiencing revenue shortfalls and is unable to pay its contractors including its credit card processor. The Authority will release a new Request for Proposals this week, however the selection and implementation process may take several months to complete.

The Parking Authority first partnered with Pango USA to launch the app in November of 2015. The company was sold in October 2016, and the new owners have been trying to maintain meterUp without interruption. However, those efforts proved unsuccessful.

“I want to apologize for any disruption in this convenient service. I anticipate that we will have a new company with adequate resources and history of success to provide stable service this summer,” Tolson added.

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UPDATE: Normal Enforcement of Parking Regulations to Resume at 4 PM 3/14/17

 

Due to the end of the City’s Snow Emergency, the Philadelphia Parking Authority will resume enforcement of all parking violations beginning at 4 p.m.. The $5 discounted parking rates at PPA Center City garages will continue until 4 p.m.. Any vehicles entering garages after 4 p.m. will pay normal rates.

Note: To receive the discounted $5 rate, customers must bring their ticket and pay at the PPA Management Office in each garage.

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Snow Emergency Parking Enforcement & Discounted Garage Parking Rate

Due to the snow emergency which is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. tonight, March 13, the Philadelphia Parking Authority will not be enforcing meters, kiosks, or time limit violations on residential streets beginning at 10 p.m.. However, the PPA will be enforcing all snow emergency and safety violations. Normal enforcement of parking regulations will resume when the snow emergency is lifted.  After midnight tonight, vehicles should not park on snow emergency routes. Illegally parked vehicles will be subject to ticketing and towing. If your vehicle is towed, please call 215-686-SNOW.

Additionally, vehicles entering the below Center City garages after 6 p.m. tonight, March 13, will be offered 24 hour $5 flat rate parking. The $5 snow rate will remain in effect until the snow emergency is lifted.

Note: To receive the discounted $5 rate, customers must bring their ticket and pay at the PPA Management Office in each garage.

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Where to Park for the Saint Paddy’s Day Parade

It’s no secret that Philly has a plethora of traditions when it comes to annual events, and when it comes to this upcoming weekend, the Philadelphia Flower Show won’t be the only event turning heads in downtown Philly. The 247th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will also be making its way through Center City this Sunday!

Here’s what you need to know:

Come this Sunday, March 12 from noon through 3 p.m., a sea of green will be traveling down the new parade route from City Hall down Market Street to Penn’s Landing. Floats, marching bands, leprechauns, you name it—they’ll all be there honoring the patron saint of Ireland. To get a bigger glimpse of what to expect, check out the details here.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour for Daylight Savings Time on Sunday as well!

Now before decking yourself out in green and heading to the festivities, make sure you check out your most convenient parking options. Luckily, six of our garages are located very close to the parade route. Look out for the rates below and feel free to throw any questions at us on Twitter or Facebook.

Gateway Parking Garage
Rates:

  • Weekends  – $7.00 (Flat Rate Per Day)

AutoPark at Olde City
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour  – $8.00
  • Up to 1 ½ hour  – $12.50
  • Up to 2 hours – $16.50
  • Up to 10 hours – $18.50

Specials:

  • Early Bird (Enter by 9 AM & Exit by 6 PM)  – $14.00

The AutoPark at the Gallery Mall
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour  – $5.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $9.00
  • Up to 3 hours – $13.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $21.50

Specials:

  • Super Early Bird (Enter by 8 AM & Exit by 8 PM)  – $10.50
  • Early Bird (Enter by 10 AM & Exit by 6 PM)  – $13.00

The AutoPark at Jefferson
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour  – $13.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $20.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $23.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird (Enter by 10 AM & Exit by 6 PM)  – $16.00

Parkade on 8th
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour  – $9.00
  • Up to 1 ½ hour  – $12.00
  • Up to 2 hours – $15.00
  • Up to 12 hours – $18.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird (Enter by 10 AM & Exit by 7 PM)  – $12.50

AutoPark at Independence Mall
Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour  – $8.00
  • Up to 1 ½ hour  – $12.50
  • Up to 2 hours – $17.50
  • Up to 10 hours – $20.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird (Enter by 9 AM & Exit by 6 PM)  – $10.50

 

Need helping finding a parking spot? We’re listening on Twitter and Facebook!

 

PHOTO CREDIT: R. KENNEDY FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

 

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Where to Park for the Philadelphia Flower Show

If the recent warm weather wasn’t enough of a hint that spring is around the corner, here’s another one:

The Philadelphia Flower Show is back and turning heads at the Pennsylvania Convention Center!

Here’s the deal.

From March 11-19, floral enthusiasts will have the perfect venue for some inspiration as the PA Convention Center is packed to the brim with elaborate large-scale gardens, landscapes and floral arrangements, which makes sense given this year’s theme: Holland: Flowering the World.

Believe it or not, one of the more, shall we say, interesting attractions this year will be a spa. That’s right, a garden spa with relaxation stations offering up electronic massages while you sip on champagne and gaze at the floral masterpieces around you.  Sound like your cup of tea? Grab your tickets here and check out more events and activities to expect at the show.

Now before parking yourself into the massage chair, make sure you’re conveniently parking your vehicle first!  Check our rates and closest locations below—and feel free to get at us on Twitter or Facebook with any questions!

 

 

The AutoPark at the Gallery Mall

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $5.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $9.00
  • Up to 3 hours: $13.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $21.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 10 a.m., exit by 6 p.m. – $13.00
  • Super Early Bird – Enter by 8 a.m., exit by 8 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $10.50
  • Evening rate after 4 p.m.
    • Up to 1 hour – $5.00
    • Maximum to 12 Midnight – $9.00

Parkade on 8th:

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $9.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $12.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $15.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $18.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 10 a.m., exit by 7 p.m. – $12.50
  • Evening Rate – Enter after 5 p.m., exit by 3 a.m. (Monday through Friday) – $9.00

Family Courthouse Garage:

Rates:

  • Up to 1 hour: $13.00
  • Up to 1 1/2 hours: $18.00
  • Up to 2 hours: $24.00
  • Up to 12 hours: $26.00

Specials:

  • Early Bird – Enter by 9 a.m., exit by 7:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday) – $16.00
  • Evenings rate after 5 p.m. (exit by 6 a.m.) – $10.00
  • Weekend rate (per day, exit by 6 a.m.) – $12.50

PHOTO CREDIT: M. FISCHETTI FOR VISIT PHILADELPHIA

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Donde Aparcar para el Philadelphia Flower Show

Si el clima cálido reciente no te da a entender que la primavera está a la vuelta de la esquina, aquí tienes otra pista:

¡El Philadelphia Flower Show está de vuelta y llama la atención al Pennsylvania Convention Center!

Aquí está el trato.

Desde el 11 de marzo hasta el 19, entusiastas florales tendrán el lugar perfecto para inspiración porque el PA Convention Center tendrá una exhibición de jardines elaborados y masivos, paisajes, y arreglos florales. Eso tiene sentido debido al tema de este año: Holanda: la Floración del Mundo.

Te lo creas o no, sin embargo, una de las más, digamos, principales atracciones más interesantes este año será un balneario. Es verdad, un balneario jardín con estaciones de relajación que ofrecerán masajes electrónicos mientras bebes champán y miras las obras maestras que te rodean. ¿Te parece bien? Cómprate los billetes aquí y échate un vistazo a más eventos y actividades que vas a descubrir al show.

Antes de aparcarte en el sillón de masaje, ¡asegúrate de que aparcas tu auto primero! Mira los precios y ubicaciones más cercanas abajo – ¡y no dudes en contactarnos por Twitter o Facebook con cualquier pregunta!

 

 

El AutoPark en Gallery Mall

Precios:

  • Hasta 1 hora: $5.00
  • Hasta 2 horas: $9.00
  • Hasta 3 horas: $13.00
  • Hasta 12 horas: $21.00

Especiales:

  • Madrugador – Entrar a las 10 a.m., salir a las 6 p.m. – $13.00
  • Super Madrugador – Entrar a las 8 a.m., salir a las 8 p.m. (lunes a viernes) – $10.50
  • Después de las 4 p.m.
    • Hasta 1 hora – $5.00
    • Máximo hasta la medianoche – $9.00

Parkade en la calle 8

Precios:

  • Hasta 1 hora: $9.00
  • Hasta 1 1/2 horas: $12.00
  • Hasta 2 horas: $15.00
  • Hasta 12 horas: $18.00

Especiales:

  • Madrugador – Entrar a las 10 a.m., salir a las 7 p.m. – $12.50
  • Precio de noche – Entrar después de las 5 p.m., salir a las 3 a.m. (lunes a viernes) – $9.00

Garaje de Family Courthouse

Precios:

  • Hasta 1 hora: $13.00
  • Hasta 1 1/2 horas: $18.00
  • Hasta 2 horas: $24.00
  • Hasta 12 horas: $26.00

Especiales:

  • Madrugador – Entrar a las 9 a.m., salir a las 7 p.m. (lunes a viernes) – $16.00
  • Después de las 5 p.m. (salir a las 6 a.m.) – $10.00
  • Fin de semana (cada día, salir a las 6 a.m.) – $12.50

 

 

PHOTO POR: M. FISCHETTI PARA VISIT PHILADELPHIA

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