Culture / Rocky Mountain N.P.

New Estes Park parking structure opens

STAIR VIEW_PHASE 3.jpgGrand Opening, July 14

The Town of Estes Park is pleased to announce the grand opening celebration for the Estes Park Transit Facility Parking Structure July 14, 2017 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the top level of the new structure at 691 N Saint Vrain Ave. A ceremony will take place at 3:30 p.m. Community members are encouraged to drive their favorite vehicles (bikes encouraged) to the event and join the display of classic autos provided by the Estes Park Car Club.

A soft opening to test operations will begin Saturday, July 1. Partial closures of sections of the facility will occur July 5-14 as remaining construction items are completed. Users are reminded that this parking lot does not accommodate trailers or any vehicles over 8 feet, 2 inches tall (ground level) or 7 feet tall (elevated levels). The new west access is not open to the public, and is provided for emergency and authorized vehicles only.

This project expands the original parking lot count of 102 stalls by an additional 313 spaces to provide a total of 415 spaces at the Estes Park Visitor Center south parking lot. This exceeds the project grant objective of delivering 300 new spaces to encourage visitors to park and use the Town and Hiker shuttles to reach downtown and Rocky Mountain National Park. A new free shuttle route, the Green Route, will depart from the Estes Park Events Complex Park-n-Ride bus shelter beginning at 12 p.m. each day, traveling to the parking structure then on to Bond Park. It will travel this route every 15 minutes thereafter, traffic-dependent.

The $9.8 million project is opening for operation on time and under budget. The structure is constructed by Heath Construction. Funding was provided by the Town of Estes Park ($5.9 million), Federal Transit Administration ($3.2 million), CDOT FASTER funds ($400,000), Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant ($275,000), and Rocky Mountain National Park ($10,000). The structure is partially located on property of the Bureau of Reclamation.

For more information on this project, please visit or contact the Public Works Department at 970-577-3587. To receive Town news and/or meeting agendas in your email inbox, please subscribe at More Town news is available at and


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