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Spring Rewards program and parking

The Durango Business Improvement District is pleased to announce our next promotion to support businesses downtown and in the North Main District. The Spring Rewards Program, presented by Alpine Bank, starts April 1.

BID created Rewards Program promotions in 2020 during the height of the pandemic as a way to reward you for shopping local. These programs were so successful that they are now part of BID’s annual work for businesses in the heart of Durango. Combined, the previous four programs BID has operated have produced more than $400,000 spent at local businesses.

The Spring Rewards Program starts April 1. BID thanks Alpine Bank for its support, and also thanks Morehart Murphy Regional Auto Center and the Durango Chamber of Commerce for further supporting this program.

Save your tax return dollars and spend them locally this spring. Purchases made on or after April 1 at nearly all BID or Chamber businesses will qualify for a reward. The minimum purchase amount is $25. Save your receipts, and when they add up to at least $300 turn them into BID for your reward. Your reward is a $50 gift card, and you choose from a list of about 15 local businesses for your reward.

There are 200 rewards offered, and when they are gone, they are gone. Don’t wait too long as past programs have ended in two or three weeks. There are exceptions and rules to be aware of, so please visit DowntownDurango.org/spring-rewards-program to learn more and to submit your receipts for purchases made on or after April 1. BID will update the webpage regularly with the number of rewards that remain.

I also want to address downtown parking, as it is coming up as downtown looks at a new fire station and an enhanced Main Avenue is being considered. Downtown has plenty of parking options, even in summer.

BID has access to parking data that the city’s parking officers collect monthly going back to 2014. This allows BID to know where parking is available during the workweek. We have also done our own analysis of where parking is available on weeknights and on weekends.

During the workweek, you can save time by checking Narrow Gauge or East Second avenues. For weeknights and weekends, the best option is always the Transit Center parking lot. The three city lots on East Second Avenue also typically have parking available on weeknights and weekends.

Parking meters must be paid Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., and most cost $1 per hour and have a maximum time of three hours. There are a few 30-minute parking meters downtown, and 10-hour meters too, so make sure you look at the band on the meter post for the maximum time. Parking is free at all parking meters after 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends, and is also free in all city lots Monday through Friday after 5 p.m. and all day on weekends.

I hope to see you downtown and in the North Main District soon.

Tim Walsworth is executive director of Durango Business Improvement District. Reach him by email at timw@downtowndurango.org or by phone at 375-5068.