GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The odd/even parking ordinance goes into effect Sunday, November 1, and applies to any city street with the corresponding parking signs.
The rules for parking on designated streets, provided by the Grand Rapids Police Department:
- Park on the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered days from 1 AM to 6 PM.
- Park on the odd-numbered side of the street on odd-numbered days from 1 AM to 6 PM.
- From 6 PM to 1 AM, parking is permitted on both sides of the street, unless there are signs saying otherwise.
Each parking violation will result in a $20 fine. GRPD recommends vehicles are parked on the appropriate side of the street when restrictions begin at 1 AM.
GRPD says the rules do not apply to all streets in the city; only those specified with odd/even parking signs will be enforced.
Parking restrictions begin in November to allow the Department of Public Service street sweepers to access curbs and gutters of neighborhood streets to clear the road of leaves and debris that naturally fall to the ground. The street sweeping work done in November ensures that curbs, gutters, and catch basins are prepared for the snow and ice that comes in the winter months.
The restrictions allow for the city to more effectively clear the snow to allow police, fire, and ambulances easier access in emergency situations.
The parking restrictions begin annually November 1 and will last until April 1, 2016.