PUBLISHED: 2:23 PM on Wednesday, July 20, 2005
New free public parking lot in downtown Juneau now open

The City and Borough of Juneau is pleased to announce the opening of a new parking lot in downtown Juneau. The free parking lot, located between the Foodland Center and the State Museum, is open daily from 6 a.m to 10 p.m. CBJ Land Manager Steve Gilbertson secured an agreement with the Alaska Department of Education for use of the land for public parking. "The land will eventually be used for a planned expansion of the State Museum. Until that happens, the Department of Education agreed to allow the City to use the land for a temporary parking lot....We're happy we were able to work it all out so it's available for everyone to use," said Steve Gilbertson. The entrance and exit to the lot is on Willoughby Avenue, making the lot ideal for use by employees working in the Federal Building. Residents bound for the heart of downtown will also find the lot convenient to use because of the pedestrian pathway that connects the new parking lot to the State Museum parking lot.