Monday, September 30, 2013

Reserved Parking now available in downtown Rolla

ROLLA – Reserved off street parking spaces are now available in Downtown Rolla just in time for the upcoming opening of two new parking facilities. Individuals who work, live or attend classes in the area will now have a guaranteed place to park.

The City will offer 143 reserved spaces on a first come, first served basis in one of three parking lots in the downtown area. Individuals may purchase a six month parking sticker for $120 or twelve month parking sticker for a reduced fee of $200, both non-refundable. Spaces are currently available at the 10th and Main Street lot, the lot between Pine Street and Rolla Street just south of 8th Street, and the new lot at 6th and Elm Street. Parking will be enforced by the City of Rolla Police Department.

“Parking has always been a concern in the downtown area, particularly for the business owners”, says Steve Hargis, Director of Public Works for the City of Rolla. “Add to that the necessity for student parking and the increase in downtown residences brought about by the redevelopment of some of the vacant buildings, and you can begin to see how available parking is at a premium. We feel these reserved spaces will alleviate some of those problems.”

For those interested in purchasing a reserved parking permit, or for more information, contact the City of Rolla Public Works Department at (573) 364-8659, or visit the city’s website at

Monday, September 16, 2013

City of Rolla to host Ward Meetings/Open House on Parks

The City of Rolla Parks and Recreation Department will host a series of Ward Meetings and Open Houses in September.  The focus of these particular meetings will address the future of the City’s parks and recreation programs, facilities and operations. 

The current ½ cent park sales tax will expire in December 2013.  The tax was approved by Rolla voters in 1998 specifically to build The SplashZone and The Centre.  The Rolla City Council is considering approaching voters in April 2014 to support a reduced sales tax (perhaps ¼ cent) to help maintain the current park system and the Centre and to make basic improvements to existing parks (i.e. parking lots, restrooms, trail improvements, etc.).  Information will be available relating to the maintenance standards, financial operations and capital improvements of the entire park system. 

Meeting dates, times and locations:
Monday, Sept. 23     Wards 1 & 2  Ber Juan Park Pavilion       5:30 – 7 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 24    Wards 3 & 4  Green Acres Pavilion          5:30 – 7 pm
Monday, Sept. 30     Wards 5 & 6  Buehler Park Pavilion         5:30 – 7 pm

In case of inclement weather alternate locations will be used. 

At the conclusion of the ward meetings a general public open house will be held at the Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 15.  A report as well as feedback from the Ward meetings will be presented.  

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 341-2386