UPDATE: Parking restrictions eased through Sept. 30
July 28, 2020 (UPDATE) - On-street, overnight and daytime parking restrictions are once again not being enforced on most Oak Park residential streets until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Restrictions were first eased in March when emergency steps were taken in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Following a discussion of the Village Board on July 27, the decision was made to continue the temporary easement of restrictions through September.
July 14, 2020 – On-street, overnight and daytime parking restrictions are once again not being enforced on most Oak Park residential streets until the Village Board has had an opportunity to discuss how best to accommodate community parking needs within the state reopening plan.
Restrictions were first eased in March when emergency steps were taken in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The restrictions went back into effect on Mon., July 13, after Oak Park had moved into phase four of the state’s Restore Illinois plan, which allowed a wide range of businesses and service providers to reopen.
The Board wants to discuss the need for continued parking relief before existing regulations are enforced again.
Residents are reminded that restrictions were never lifted in metered or pay station spaces, or paid overnight permit areas, including posted on-street zones and lots. All other parking regulations related to traffic and public safety such as no parking here to corner or between signs also remained in effect.
A Board discussion on parking regulations likely will be scheduled for early August, the timing intended to correlate with the possible opening of local schools whose staff rely on daytime restrictions to ensure they can park in the vicinity of their jobs.
Following the Board discussion, an update on the status of overnight and daytime parking restrictions will be posted on the Village website and shared via the Village's social media channels.
In the meantime, citations will continue to be issued for violations of parking regulations related to metered and pay station spaces, paid permit areas and public safety issues such as no parking here to corner or in front of a fire hydrant.
More information on the Village Board parking discussion will be provided as it becomes available.
All Village Board meetings are streamed live and archived online for on-demand viewing, as well as cablecast on VOP-TV, which is available to Comcast subscribers on channel 6 and ATT Uverse subscribers on channel 99.
Why the back and forth?
The on-again, off-again nature of parking restrictions in recent days underscores the complexities involved, with or without the COVID-19 pandemic.
The same neighborhood elements that make Oak Park such a great place to live also can make parking a tricky prospect — especially for multifamily dwellers.
The village was completely built out by the 1930s, well before automobile ownership became commonplace. As a result, Oak Park’s available neighborhood parking supply has remained more or less static for the last 90 years, while the number of residents with automobiles has increased dramatically.
Just like any limited resource, parking in Oak Park must be carefully managed to ensure the supply meets the needs of everyone — residents, visitors, workers and emergency response vehicles.
Most single-family homes have detached garages located in the rear of the property. Some multi-family buildings may offer parking, but chances are if you are a renter, you’ll have to apply for a municipal parking permit and follow some pretty specific rules.
Vehicles with permits are allowed to park on the street overnight in designated areas, except in front of churches, schools and parks and on blocks where housing is more than 50 percent single family.
Parking near business districts and public areas also is carefully regulated to balance the needs of business owners, their employees and customers with those of nearby residents.
Other common restrictions include limited-duration parking on major streets, parking bans related to weather events such as snow and brief, regular prohibitions for cleaning.
Many Oak Park streets are on-street parking zones that allow parking for permit-holders. If you are a renter, your landlord is required by Village ordinance to provide information on parking restrictions.
You also can check with the Parking Services Center at Village Hall to find out if your block is zoned for overnight parking, and if so, how you can obtain a permit.
For special occasions, the Village can help residents with temporary parking passes to cover a variety of situations, such as guests staying overnight.
For more information on specific parking needs, visit www.oak-park.us/parking, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708.358.7275.