New Year’s Eve celebrants in the City of Falls Church will find it easier to park for popular “Watch Night” activities in the City’s central business district, the City of Falls Church announced in a press release last week.
The Kaiser Permanente parking garage (201 N. Washington Street), behind the medical building, will be open for free public parking from 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1. This marks the start of a six-month trial agreement between the City of Falls Church and Kaiser Permanente for public use of the 563-space garage on weekends and certain holidays, the City said. The public can park for free in the garage on the second floor and above on New Year’s Eve, Memorial Day, and weekends, beginning in January, under the terms of the agreement. Weekend hours will be Fridays from 6 p.m. – 3 a.m. (into Saturday), Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 3 a.m. (into Sunday), and Sundays from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Patrons of local businesses, venues, and events such as The State Theatre, Clare and Don’s Beach Shack, Argia’s Italian Restaurant, Dogwood Tavern, Brown’s Hardware, and the City’s weekly Farmers Market are invited to make use of the parking deck during the aforementioned hours. Columbia Baptist Church is also expected to use the garage during Sunday services for additional parking.
“Parking decks can be very expensive to build and operate, and this agreement has allowed the City to find a low-cost solution to the challenge of finding convenient parking here in the Little City,” said Mayor Nader Baroukh. “Kaiser Permanente has been wonderful to work with on this agreement; we appreciate their corporate stewardship and community-mindedness in making their facility available to the public.” Heidi Veltman, Kaiser’s Northern Virginia area administrator, added, “Kaiser Permanente has been committed to serving residents of Northern Virginia for more than 30 years. Our mission is to serve the entire community, so we’re proud to partner with the City of Falls Church to ensure convenient access to the City’s attractions.”