Visitors to the Hendricks County Courthouse Square should no longer struggle to find a parking space. After decades of parking issues in and around Downtown Danville, the town has completed a three-year initiative that included purchasing properties and reconfiguring the layout of Downtown streets to add 96 new parking spots at various locations around the Square. “This is huge for us because the general public often chose not to come downtown because of a perception that there was nowhere to park,” said Laura Parker, Danville Assistant Town Manager/Planner. “Judging by all the positive feedback we’ve received already, that is no longer an issue.” In the nine-block area comprising the core of the Downtown Square, the town added two new parking lots with 56 combined public parking spaces. They also added 38 new on-street parking spaces. Those new spaces bring the Downtown’s total to 501 free public parking spaces. Add to that another 243 off-street private parking spaces provided for customers and employees, and the downtown area now boasts 744 total parking spaces. “We are so excited to have all the additional parking around the Square because it is such a destination for visitors,” said Jaime Bohler Smith, associate director of the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It will allow guests to spend more time browsing our shops and dining in the restaurants when they come to town.” The two new parking lots that recently opened after a ceremonial ribbon cutting last month include:
  • Broadway lot – Located a half a block south of the Square on the corner of Broadway and Jefferson streets, this new lot adds 18 unrestricted public spaces.
  • Indiana lot – Located a block east of the Square at the corner of Indiana and Marion streets next to the Danville Public Library, this new lot provides 38 unrestricted public spaces.
Parker said new signage and landscaping at the two lots would be installed later this fall and early next year. The town also added 25 additional on-street parking spots on the Square through a re-striping initiative and 13 additional spots by adding angled parking along Washington Street just north of Main Street. Those 38 spots are also free, but include time restrictions. A map detailing all of Downtown Danville’s parking is available on the town’s website at www.danvilleindiana.org/egov/docs/1317844677_48522.pdf or for more information, call Danville Town Hall at (317) 745-4180.