The City of Fort Collins has announced that effective July 1st, use of its downtown parking structures and lots can be paid for using the ParkMobile app, on your iPhone or Android devices.

The three downtown parking garages and the Mason Street lot will exclusively utilize the ParkMobile app, and the old FC Parking app will effectively be shut down come the first of the month. Payment kiosks will also remain in the garages and lots if users prefer.

ParkMobile is already utilized in several communities across the state of Colorado, including Estes Park and Boulder, among others, in addition to already being in use at Colorado State University.

The parking rates won't change and parking will remain free for the first hour. That being said, once you park, you'll need to effectively "check in" to your spot on the ParkMobile app.

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Having used the app many times across the country, I can tell you that the app is a breeze to use. Just pre-enter your license plate and vehicle details, then once you park, you can simply open the app, identify the zone in which you've parked, enter in your details like how long you'll be there and "park." The app will conveniently remind you how much time you have remaining or when your parking session has expired.

Parking Services Manager for the city, Eric Keselburg, said, "We're looking forward to our partnership with ParkMobile. I think users will enjoy being able to have one app to park downtown, at CSU and other places in the region."

Questions about parking can be sent to the City at parkingservices@fcgov.com or by calling (970) 221-6617.

You can also check out and download the ParkMobile app for iOS or Android, respectively.

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