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Valparaiso Parking & Picnic Tables Help Downtown Restaurants Amid Covid19

In March, city of Valparaiso implemented a number of 15 minute spaces to encourage carry-out and curbside pickup for our local downtown restaurants.
The 15 minute parking spaces allow for quick trips for carry out and curbside pickup, shopping, and services that have become important to local businesses during the pandemic. Due to the outcry and support of the public at large, the city has expanded these 15 parking spaces to cover more restaurants in the downtown area.

On Monday, August 24th to better serve the downtown businesses and customers the city expanded the short-term use by creating 50 Spaces designated for 15 minute parking only.

short term parking spaces downtown valparaiso restaurant signs Patrons will need to look for the numbers painted in the streets and for these signs that were posted (shown above)

“The 15 minute parking spots are great for seniors,” stated Robert Cotton Valparaiso City Councilman. “The public outcry was overwhelming to continue the short term parking spots to help and support our popular downtown restaurants,” he continued. 

In addition, the Park Department installed several picnic tables in the Central park, the Courthouse square and on several street corners throughout downtown. 

“The goal for the picnic tables is to provide additional seating for folks to enjoy outdoor space in downtown Valpo,” stated Beth Shrader, Director of Planning & Transit. “The Park Department installed and takes care of those as an extension of Central Park into the rest of downtown,” she continued.

The Valparaiso Board of Public Works And Safety were the board that oversaw the implementation of the picnic tables, which have proven to be a huge success. The board is responsible for requests from all city departments as well as citizen requests or concerns.

Beth Shrader oversees city planning and its impact on future development, as well as manage Valparaiso’s transit operations, which include the V-Line intra-city bus service, the ChicaGO Dash express service to Chicago, the Transit Connect service to the South Shore Line, and the upcoming Zoom bus to Chicago airports. Shrader replaced Tyler Kent who has accepted a position near his roots in Michigan. She can be reached at City Hall at

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