DANVILLE — Stealing an idea from Champaign, the location of downtown parking lots and their restrictions will be easier to identify now in Danville.
The idea came from Ray Garcia, Danville superintendent of streets and sewers. He said he was looking for a parking space in downtown Champaign after seeing that one parking lot was full. Directional signage with circles and a large “P” in the circles on blue and silver signage helped him find his way around.
Garcia then thought the signs would be good for Danville, too. He approached Shelley Larson, Danville community improvements superintendent, with the idea.
“We’re trying to put better signage up,” Larson said.
The large bright blue signage also with a large “P” on it in a circle is more driver and downtown visitor friendly, she said. The first sign is up at the parking lot on Walnut Street across from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.
Larson said city officials and downtown employees know the lots by a letter, like the C lot or D lot.
City officials are trying to come up with more appropriate names for the lots based on the streets and locations. There are 14 lots downtown, but Garcia said they are starting with some of the larger parking lots for the signage.
“It’s really to make it more identifiable,” Garcia said of the lots.
The signs will direct drivers to where they are supposed to park and if there are any regulations, such as during weekdays with timed or permit parking.
If the city wants to draw more people downtown, Garcia thinks the signs will help. There also will be directional arrow signage to the lots.
Garcia said the signs will help spruce up downtown more, too.
Directional signs will be at locations such as Main and Vermilion and Harrison and North streets. Other lots to be identified include the lot across from the Commercial-News and at Franklin and Main streets.
Garcia said the easily identifiable signs are to “help start a movement” to go throughout the city.
Garcia said the signs are being made in the city’s sign shop. He doesn’t see them costing more than a couple thousand dollars out of the streets budget.
Garcia added that they wanted to put up the signs this summer while Summer Sounds concerts and other events are occurring.