City Parking Lots - The Cherry/Commerce city parking ramp, located across from WMU on Cherry Street, is available for daytime or evening parking. This is a totally automated ramp so please follow directions carefully when handling your payment. When you enter the ramp you will receive a ticket and you can pay when you leave.
The Area 5 Lot, one block south of Van Andel Arena, is a City-owned surface lot on Ionia Avenue between Oakes and Cherry Streets. This lot is not available for daytime hourly parking but can be used for evening (set rate) parking after 6 p.m.
Benefits when using these City lots: The City's red Parking Services Security Service vehicles patrol these lots during the day and the evening. The City provides an optional, but free, escort service to your car after class, and they will help with dead car batteries. Lots are kept plowed and salted. Please check at the WMU Security Desk Downtown for more information.
Free Parking - On-street parking meters after 5 p.m. are available within one block of the WMU-Grand Rapids, Downtown location. Ionia Avenue and Cherry Street offer several spaces with parking meters. After 5 p.m. these metered spaces are free, but they fill up fast. Use common sense when storing valuable personal property in your vehicle.