GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) –- There are a number of ways to optimize your ArtPrize Eight experience, and that includes parking options.
ArtPrize officials say there are a number of underutilized parking options during the 19-day event.
Todd Herring, the director of creative and communications for ArtPrize, says the DASH routes are a great option to avoid traffic headaches at ArtPrize.
The DASH has four routes that allow drivers to park in a lot and then take a shuttle into downtown. The shuttles run about every seven minutes on weekdays.
Seven Meijer stores are participating in an ArtPrize Park and Ride as well. Visitors can visit the service desk at participating stores and buy a $5 pass for 10 rides on any of The Rapid bus lines.
Herring suggests that visitors look for parking spots further away from major venues. Parking ramps that aren’t located right next to larger venues usually have spots available as well.
Herring says there are plenty of options for those who are flexible.
“ArtPrize is a citywide event,” Herring said. “One of the little known facts is that there’s always parking at ArtPrize.”
“There’s several city parking lots that are right in the heart [of downtown] adjacent to multiple venues that never fill up,” Herring explained.
The parking ramp on Monroe Center offers one free hour of parking for drivers between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Parking is also free after 5 p.m at certain surface lots.
Additional ArtPrize parking information can be found online.