Some business owners say new paid parking detrimental to pandemic recovery – Estes Park Trail-Gazette

In our follow-up to Wednesday’s story about the response to new seasonal paid parking policie senacted this summer, the Trail-Gazette reached out to several visitors and local businesses to get their reactions.

We found that most of the responses from visitors were positive, telling us that the parking here in Estes Park is less than the areas they are visiting from.

However, we found some businesses owners may be more impacted than others.

One of those owners is Jenna MacGregor, who owns four businesses downtown, including the Historic Park Theater, The Theater Cafe, The Slab and The Slab Arcade.

She said the most significant hurdle the new policies created for her was that her business could not rent a back parking lot behind the theater to the post office this year, resulting in a loss of $5,000 for the summer season.

MacGregor needed to use the space to provide parking for her employees. She said the new policy is making it so customers have to…

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