ParkWise is a downtown parking management program operated under the umbrella of the Albany Downtown Association. We contract with the city of Albany to enforce parking zones within the downtown area to ensure there is plentiful customer parking.
There are several options for parking in downtown that vary depending on whether you are a customer, employee or resident. We provide four large public parking lots for customer convenience as well as on street parking. You can view the color-coded map to see the different zones within downtown. Listed below are the parking options.
Customers may park free in any zone in downtown except lease lots. Look for signs on the street to determine time zones. Parking times zones are: All Day Customer, 4-Hour Customer, 3-Hour Customer, 30-Minute and 10-Minute. Not every space is marked, so use common sense to determine how on-street spaces are zoned.
These have the same guidelines as employee permits, but are available for just $5 a month with proof of residency in a legal residential dwelling.
Employee Free Lot
This lot is located on Water Street between Broadalbin and Ferry Streets. It is an all day lot for any employee, resident or visitor who wants a free place to park legally within the patrolled area of downtown.
These are available on a day-by-day basis for occasional use. These permits allow employees and others to access 3 & 4-hour customer only parking for the entire day. They can be used for long-term loading and unloading, temporary injuries, temporary employees or any other valid reason that requires you to park close to your place of employment. There is a limit of 5 Daily Permits per month to each individual at a cost of $2 each.
These are available to contractors working within the downtown enforcement boundary. All contractors receive one free parking day according to the customer zone they are parked in (if in a 3-hour zone then the first 3 hours are free, etc.). Contractor permits are not valid in lease spaces. These permits cost $5 per day for each vehicle or space utilized. Monthly rates are $75 for each vehicle or space.