Monday, April 28, 2014

New Downtown Parking Deck Operating Procedures Start June 1

DURHAM, N.C. — With parking in downtown Durham now more in demand than ever, the City of Durham is rolling out new equipment to better collect payments, while making payment options for parkers more convenient.
Beginning June 1, 2014, parkers who use the Centre, Chapel Hill, Church, and Corcoran Street Parking Decks will begin using the new 3M Parking Lane Pay Stations to pay for parking and to exit the parking decks. Using the new pay stations will be a three-step process in which the Lane Pay Station processes the fee automatically and displays it in an LCD window. If change is due, it is then issued in coins and a receipt is either provided on-demand or issued automatically. The stations will also provide flexible payment options, by accepting coin or paper currency ($1, $5 and $10), debit/credit cards as well as merchant validation vouchers.
According to Director Mark Ahrendsen with the City’s Transportation Department, the move to install the Parking Lane Pay Stations was an opportunity to make paying for parking more convenient with diverse payment options for downtown parkers while also enhancing revenue collection to support the City’s parking system. “It’s important that everyone who parks in the City’s parking decks is appropriately paying for the space they are using,” Ahrendsen said. “This equipment will help us capture the revenue that is currently not being collected, which will then go toward supporting our parking system. The added benefit for parkers is that they can easily pay upon exiting the decks, making it more convenient to use the City’s parking decks when they come downtown.”
New operating procedures will go into effect on June 1st, which include:
·         Entrance/exit gates will be down 24 hours/7 days a week, except for special events.
·         All hourly parkers will have to pull a ticket to enter and exit the deck.
·         Hourly parkers will be charged for time up to 7 p.m.
·         Hourly parkers will pay the attendant before 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, or will pay at the Parking Lane Pay Stations by following the three-step instruction guides prominently featured.
·         Hourly parkers who pull a ticket after 7 p.m. will not be charged upon exit. Upon exiting, the screen will show no charge and the gate will lift to allow for exit.
Also effective June 1, there will be new Special Events Operating Procedures, as follows:
·         Parking attendants will raise the gates at the main entrance approximately two hours before the event.
·         Attendees will pay $3 and receive a ticket upon entry.
·         An attendant will pull a ticket for those who are not attending the special event (or, for the Corcoran Street deck, the parker can pull a ticket at the Ramseur Street entrance).
·         The exit gates will be raised for a pre-determined amount of time before the end of the special event to allow event attendees to exit more smoothly.
·         Any parkers leaving the deck while the gates are up can exit with no charge.
·         Any special event attendees leaving after the gates have been lowered will be able to exit at no charge with the ticket.
·         Any parkers who did not pay the $3 fee and leave the deck while the gates are down will pay for the time up to 7 p.m.  
·         There is no charge for parking after 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, and weekends until 8 a.m. Monday.
For additional information about City parking services, visit or contact Lanier Parking Solutions at (919) 680-2481.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring Fling and yard sales- THIS SATURDAY

Don't forget, this Saturday is the Spring Fling Plant Sale and neighborhood yard sales!! Starting at 7:00a.m.

Friday, April 11, 2014




APRIL 26th, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

On Saturday, April 26th, the Hope Valley North Neighborhood Association is again sponsoring a Spring Fling Plant Sale.  On that morning there will also be neighbors having their own yard sales!  As well, the HVNNA Youth Association (YA) will be conducting a yard sale to raise funds for their activities.  Contributions to the YA’s sale are very welcome

 The Plant Sale will be held in Shelly Place and will feature hundreds of plants of various kinds.  The Youth Association yard sale will also be in Shelly Place. The other neighbors’ yard sales will be held in the sponsoring neighbors’ yards.  All will begin at 7:00 a.m. and continue until 11:00 a.m.  Maps will be provided to locate the yard sales.

At 9:00 a.m., two Master Gardeners from the Durham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will set up shop in Shelly Place. You may remember the Master Gardeners from the National Night Out festival last August. In addition to their expert gardening advice and loads of useful information, the Master Gardeners will be distributing soil sample kits.  These soil sample kits provide containers and directions for taking samples from a number of places in your yard and/or garden.  The samples will then be tested For Free by the Extension.  You will receive the results of the test, instructions from the Extension about how to interpret the test results, and what corrective action needs to be taken, if any.  The Master Gardeners will be “open for business” until 11:30 a.m.  

You won’t want to miss this great event!!  And tell your neighbors and friends to come and participate!  We want to see you there!  The neighborhood will be hopping!!


Bring your trash cans in. No pick-up this week.

The City of Durham  Solid Waste Management Department  has suspended trash and recycling collections on Thursday, January 18. Road and weat...