College Hill Parking

College Hill

Update 12/10/20: The Cedar Falls City Council voted during a special Council meeting held December 9, 2020, to temporarily suspend paid parking fees in the municipal lots located in the Downtown and College Hill areas. Fees will be suspended until April 1, 2021, to help ease the financial burden businesses may be experiencing due to COVID-19.

The College Hill district is a revitalized and growing destination for dining, nightlife, educational and cultural activities. Adjacent to the University of Northern Iowa, the heart of the area lies on College Street.

Parking: College Hill offers FREE 15 minute, 1 hour, 2 hour parking options for visitors.

Paid Parking Options: To allow for flexible, longer-term parking options for visitors to the area, paid parking is available starting October 1, 2020, in two public parking lots in the College Hill area. Rates are .50 cents per hour during parking enforcement times.

The paid parking system features smart parking payment options. Users can pay for parking time at the pay station or download the free mobile app. Learn more, including training videos, at

Park Smarter Mobile AppDownload the free Park Smarter app to easily pay for parking and extend your session all from your phone! Just search 'parksmarter' in the Google Play or IOS App Store.

Parking Enforcement Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

View a map of the College Hill parking area here.

College Hill Parking Study

To help understand how parking can be more effectively utilized in the College Hill area, the City of Cedar Falls teamed with the Hill and the University of Northern Iowa to perform a parking study in March 2019. The study was conducted by WGI and included an online survey, data collection, and stakeholder meetings. A public workshop was held on May 13, 2019; initial findings, observations, and survey results were presented, followed by a Q&A with attendees.

View the parking recommendations from the study here and download the final report

Improvements From the Study 

At the conclusion of the College Hill parking study, recommendations were made based on the data collected as well as public and business input. Cedar Falls City Council approved the implantation of these recommendations to allow for more efficient parking options that better fit the needs of the area.

This included converting the 22nd St. W.  Lot to a paid lot and fees and enforcement hours will also be updated in the 22nd St. E-S Lot. Previously a 2-hour parking lot, the 22nd St. W. Lot will now be .50 cents per hour beginning October 1, 2020, and enforcement time will be Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The 22nd St. E-S Lot will follow this same fee structure.

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