Experience Downtown Reading
Reading Parking Authority is proud to support downtown businesses and has created the “Experience Downtown Reading” campaign to attract more people to Penn Street and the downtown commercial district. Businesses include restaurants and other eateries, retail shops, banks, and professional offices. The campaign is built on multiple business- and customer-friendly initiatives.
Free Time on Penn:
This campaign started as “Free 10 on Penn”—people visiting Penn Street for quick errands and expecting to park for 10 minutes or less received 10 minutes of free parking. It originated from data showing 52% of vehicles that park on Penn Street stay less than 10 minutes.
But to give people even more time to run their errands, the program was expanded to 15 MINUTES of free parking time. It’s quick & easy — just enter your license plate number into one of the pay stations located in the middle of all metered blocks. That’s it! The free 15 minutes starts when you finish entering your plate number.
The project is designed to encourage quick trips so spaces turn over more frequently and increase the liklihood people will find an available space when they arrive on Penn Street.
Night Owl Parking:
Visiting a restaurant or other business after 4 PM? Park for a flat rate of just $2 at any of these downtown surface lots!
- 29 S. 5th Street (Every night EXCEPT event nights)
- 644 Penn Street (Every night EXCEPT event nights)
- 341 Cherry Street (Every night. Period!)
On event nights, several spaces at both the S. 5th Street and Penn Street lots are designated as two-hour maximum parking to ensure patrons at local businesses can find convenient parking even during high-demand times. Those spaces are also available at an hourly rate rather than event rates.
The monthly Experience Downtown Reading contest encourages people to visit the City’s commercial core and enjoy everything it has to offer, including great events and delectable, diverse eateries. Lucky contest winners will receive tickets to an event at the Santander Arena and Platinum VIP Reserved Parking for the event.
Win tickets to a Santader Arena event AND Platinum Reserved VIP Event Parking !
Monthly entry period runs from the 1st to the 15th of every month.