by Kate Vinnedge
Photo by Will Fisher
Everyone in Richmond knows the pain of parking anywhere in the city. I used to work a gig where I would go to a lot of events as a vendor - meaning I had to park somewhere close enough to lug a table and tent and all the promotional items a vendor needs - and not be drenched in sweat by the time I got to my table’s location.
After more than two years, I’ve built up a map of the best places in Richmond to park your car. Here are the 5 streets in Richmond that always have parking.
Taking a day-trip to the river? Want to spend some time on Belle Isle? Tired of that tiny gravel parking lot next to the river being continuously full? Spring Street is your savior.
First of all, it’s probably one of the widest streets in the whole city, and it’s always fun to reenact Seinfeld’s “nice wiiiiide lanes,” but as a double bonus, the street always seems to be flush with empty parking. It’s smack dab in the center of Oregon hill, and it’s perfect for accessing the river, 821 Cafe and Mojos, and even the Virginia War Memorial.
Parking? In the middle of downtown? Surely not. That’s what I thought, as I found myself carrying a 30-pound tent from 11th and E. Main to Brown’s Isle over and over again for Friday Cheer’s.
But then I noticed a tiny section on South 9th between the bridge and E. Cary Street, on the right hand side. For a while, these five or six spots used to be free to park at, but sadly, that time has passed. Fear not though, as for some unknown reason, I’m always able to find a spot here.
Want to grab a delicious breakfast at Dot’s Back Inn and you can’t find parking? Just go around the corner to Bellevue.
MacArther Avenue is positively packed throughout the weekend - but not Bellevue. This gives you hassle free parking right next to Stir Crazy, The Mill, Northside Grill, and a whole bunch of other places.
Going to The National and don’t want to pay for parking? If you’re willing to walk the three blocks, East Jackson is a veritable goldmine of parking opportunities. A little busy during the day with BioTech, by 5:30 every evening the parking spots here are ample, and are a quick walk away from The National for no cost at all.
Trying to park in the Carytown Kroger, and you’re just picking up a few things? Is the parking lot full, like usual?
If you go south on Nasemond past Kroger, you’ll find where it merges with Grayland. If you don’t have enough groceries to warrant a shopping cart - just park here. The short walk is easier than dealing with the parking lot, and even has spaces available during pre-snow storm rushes.
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