The City of Sumner is currently offering a limited amount of paid, reserved parking at a lot adjacent to the Sumner Sounder Station.
How much to park?
It is $300 per quarter (three months), with sales tax already included in that amount.
How does it work for parking?
You will receive a parking permit to hang on your rear-view mirror or display visibly on your dash. This gives you access to park in any space within the City’s Station Lane lot. The small lot will be reserved only for permit parking at all times. You do not have to register a specific car, but the car must have the proper permit displayed at all times or will be towed. The permit is fully transferable but there are no refunds or pro-rated options except for this initial partial quarter.
Availability is greatly limited, so space in this lot will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
How do I sign up?
You would sign up here, but all the spaces for Spring Quarter 2017 are sold out. If a current parking customer does not renew for Summer quarter, the link to pay will appear here.
Where is the lot located?
The Station Lane Lot is located on Station Lane, just south of the fire station.
What if someone “cheats” and parks in there anyway?
They will be towed at their expense. We will be watching this lot very closely to make sure there are no “cheaters.” As a permit holder, you will be given an alternate street location where it will be okay to park in an emergency with your permit displayed, should a “cheater” take the last spot.
Why can’t you offer free parking?
We do! The City leases the lot south of the Red Apple to Sound Transit for free parking. We also have on-street parking available where possible, especially on Academy Street.
The City has to balance the needs of residents to be able to access their homes and local businesses needing daytime parking with commuters wanting all-day parking. Residential Permit Zones (RPZs) are put in place when residents apply for them in their neighborhood and can demonstrate minimal availability for residents to park on their street. The City has approved RPZs in front of houses and has denied RPZs when the road is on the side of houses, like Academy, trying to give residents access to their front doors while leaving parking adjacent to side yards for commuters. As with all compromises, it likely doesn’t satisfy anyone completely.