Downtown Parking


Update 3/2/21: The temporary suspension of paid parking fees in the Cedar Falls municipal lots located in the Downtown and College Hill areas is extended until August 1, 2021.

The Cedar Falls City Council voted to suspend the municipal lot fees on February 15, 2021, during the Committee of the Whole meeting to help ease the financial burden businesses may be experiencing due to COVID-19. On March 1, 2021, during the City Council meeting, the Council took the formal action required for this extension to take place.

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Welcome to the historic Cedar Falls downtown district! Nationally recognized as a designated Main Street Community, the area is home to a large variety of locally owned stores, restaurants, and recreational activities as well as state-wide renowned events.

Parking: The downtown district parking options include FREE 15 minute, 2 hour, 3 hour, and 24 hour (overnight) parking. Free parking is also available in certain shared business lots including Viking Pump. To view downtown parking maps, click here.

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 five public parking lots in the Downtown 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 – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station: A dual-port Level 2 charger is located on West Second Street (across from City Hall). The charger is compatible with most electric vehicles. Learn more at

Learn more about parking in downtown Cedar Falls.

Downtown Parking Study

As the thriving downtown district continues to grow, the City of Cedar Falls has worked together with Community Main Street to update parking to provide more effective and efficient options for area businesses, visitors, and residents. A parking study, performed by WGI in February 2019, included public and business input as well as data collection to provide recommendations on improvement.

View the primary findings and recommendations of the downtown parking study here. You can also download the entire final report and learn more about the public workshop that took place on December 5, 2018. 

Improvements from the Study

At the conclusion of the downtown parking study and in conjunction with public feedback, new parking recommendations were approved by City Council on June 17, 2019. These recommendations were broken down into two phases of implementation:

Phase 1 (Completed Summer 2019)
To allow for a wider variety of choices for the community, the following updates took place in July 2019 and are now in effect in the downtown area:

Overnight Parking: Free overnight parking is now available on streets next to Main Street (for example, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Streets on either side of Main Street)

On-Street Parking: Additional free on-street parking in areas like State Street south of 2nd Street and angled parking on 2nd Street north of Overman Park is now open.

Parking Choices: Free on-street parking choices of 2, 3, and 24 hours and 15-minute drop-off/pick-up zones are now available throughout downtown

Enforcement: Enforcement time is now to Monday through Saturday, 9 am – 8 pm.

To help provide more parking in the downtown area, the City of Cedar Falls also formed a partnership with Viking Pump, Inc, located at 406 State Street, to allow for public use of their lot from 5:15 p.m to 5:00 a.m., Monday - Friday, and all hours on Saturday and Sunday. This provides 69 additional free parking spaces for the district. In 2019, the City also added 31 free parking stalls along 2nd Street and State Street for public use. 

Phase 2 (Starting October 1, 2020)
To help provide more efficient parking in the area, paid parking will be provided in five public downtown lots starting October 1, 2020. To view the lot maps, please click here. By utilizing paid parking, visitors will have increased access to convenient parking locations with no time restriction. Free on-street parking will continue to be available. 

Rates will be .50 cents per hour during enforcement times. The paid parking system features smart parking payment options and users can pay at the station or via the free mobile app. Learn more, including instructional videos, at

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