Car parking rate

Be prepared, free parking is a thing of the past at the Pearl

From now on, parking your car at the Pearl will most likely cost you dearly.

Earlier this week, the Pearl began charging visitors a fee to park at nearly all of its lots, based on time spent there, in and around the dining and retail destination along the San Antonio river walk, not just the nearest “premium” courses. to action.

The Silver Ventures-owned property began transitioning from completely free parking to a paid parking system in November 2020. After this pilot program, it converted most of its 3,000 spaces to paid parking in July 2021.

But the East Elmira Street lot and some areas under the freeway overpass remained free — a gift many San Antonians appreciated.

Not anymore. Signs are posted in these areas with instructions for paying for parking.

Recent parking updates at Pearl reflect its continued growth, a spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Revenue from parking fees is dedicated to new projects and improving spaces, including areas like the new 1100 Springs Plaza.

The cost of parking is a flat rate of $3 Monday through Thursday and $8 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, according to Pearl’s website.

In most Pearl car parks, the first 30 minutes are free. So your coffee might not cost you anything.

In three areas that were not charged for parking, only the first two hours are now free: the Koehler Garage, the East Elmira Street (River West) lot, and a small lot at Avenue A and East Newell Ave. Surface parking on Camden Street is always free.

Valet parking is available at the Hotel Emma and at the Carriqui and Ladino restaurants.

John Smith

The author John Smith