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Albany County Parking Lot Now Open To Public Parking Nights/Weekends

Officials say expanded parking opportunities in downtown Albany will help alleviate the lack of options that have frustrated residents and tourists. 

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
The opening of the lot evenings and weekends should alleviate parking concerns for those visiting area restaurants/businesses and for those attending various events like parades and the upcoming Tulip Festival.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says the county parking lot at 208 Washington Avenue is now open for public parking...  "...from 6 to midnight Monday through Friday and on weekends from 8 in the morning until midnight."

McCoy says the 100-car lot will benefit restaurants, businesses and city events like the Tulip Festival.

Patrick Noonan owns El Loco Mexican Café: "There are now no obstacles to coming to Lark Street and enjoying what we have to offer. Additional parking is going to encourage growth."

There's a flat fee of $5. The weekend rate is $8. You have to pay with a card.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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