Updated: Aug 12, 2022
The Public Square in Cleveland is a public space designed to be the city's focal point. It is situated in Downtown Cleveland between the City Hall, Public Auditorium, and Terminal Tower. The square serves as the hub for many public events in Cleveland, and it has been used for political rallies, protests, concerts, and other large gatherings.
The square was built in 1868 as part of an urban renewal project. The Public Square was envisioned as a welcoming space for all community members. The park features various amenities, including a large fountain, two green spaces, and an amphitheater for concerts.
Because the square attracts many of the local community, finding parking nearby may be difficult. This article will look for the best parking options available close to the square.
Cathedral Plaza Garage
Smarking gives you access to many parking garages near the Public Square and can be easily pre-booked online. Head to their website to take advantage of the daily and weekly flexible passes to find convenient parking whenever suits you.
The Cathedral plaza garage is available for booking. It only costs $3 for 15 minutes and has a maximum daily rate of $13. Early bird prices are available for $8 if you are in by 8.30 am and out by 7pm.
Evening rates are available Monday to Friday for $6 and the weekend is a flat rate of $6. Overnight parking is also available here for $10
Head over to the Smarking website to reserve your spot at this garage.
Public Square Garage
The public square garage is a 5-minute walk away at 200 public square on Superior Ave. It is a close walk to other nearby attractions like the auditorium. There is a wide range of different options available for short-term stays:
0 - 5 minutes (Free)
6 - 15 minutes ($4)
16 - 30 minutes ($7)
31 - 45 minutes ($10)
46 minutes - 1 hour ($14)
1 - 4 hours ($18)
4 hours or more ($20)
Weekday Evenings 5pm - 3am ($12)
Weekends enter 3 am - 8 am ($12)
Weekends enter 8 am - 12 pm ($5)
Weekends enter after 12 pm ($12)
You can get monthly parking here for $350 (reserved) if you visit the area frequently. And $245 for unreserved (Monday to Sunday). You can also get monthly nighttime parking for $100 after 5 pm. This parking lot is open 24/7.
Gateway East Garage
The Gateway east garage is close to the Progressive field stadium and around an 11-minute walk to the Public Square.
you can park here for $1 per 15 minutes when there is no game on with a daily max rate of $7 (if you are out by 5.30 pm). On game days the prices will change depending on which team is playing. The Cleveland Guardians games are $15, the Cleveland Cavaliers are $20, and the Cleveland Monsters games are $10 for the day.
Only a short 3-minute drive away, there are a lot of One Cleveland Center parking spaces nearby.
Also close to the stadium is the Huntington parking garage. It is located on 999 Chester Ave, a 12-minute walk to the Public Square.
Parking here starts from $3 per hour with a daily max rate of $12.
There is also an early-bird discount available. $7 Mon - Fri and evening parking rates are $5.
There is a flat rate of $5 per day on weekends. Monthly reserved spaces are also available for $222.00 reserved and $179.00 for unreserved.
The opening times for this garage are:
Mon-Thu,Sun: 6:00am - 9:30pm
Fri-Sat: 6:00am - 12:00am
Willard Park Garage
Willard park garage is on the north side of downtown Cleveland on Lakeside. This parking lot is located close to the auditorium and is open Mon-Fri 5:00 am - 11:00 pm.
The first half hour here costs $3, then $1.50 for every extra half hour. There is a maximum daily rate here of $10. You can get An early bird special here Monday to Friday if you are in by 8.30 am for $8.
The maximum daily rate will go up to $25 if there is an event. So make sure you are aware of anything happening the day you go. It is also worth knowing these events' start and end times as it can affect the traffic coming out.
Monthly rates are available for $125.
Memorial Plaza Garage
The memorial plaza garage is located close to the memorial fountain on St Clair ave. It is a 4-minute walk to the Public square from here.
The garage is open 24/7 and has short-term stay options from $7 for half an hour, $9 for 1 hour, $11 for 2 hours, $16 for 12 hours, and $25 for 24 hours.
Evening rates are $10 if you are in after 5 pm and out before 4 am. Weekends have a flat rate of $5 per day.
North Point Garage
The north point garage is on 9th street next to the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway. It is a 14-minute walk to the public square from here.
Rates start at $3 for 15 minutes with a maximum daily rate of $13. There are early bird specials at $4 (Mon-Fri in at 4 am-6 am) and $5 (Mon-Fri in at 6 am-7 am).
Evening rates are $7 (Mon-Fri In after 2 pm) and monthly spaces can be purchased at $205 for reserved parking and $175 for unreserved parking.
The garage opening hours are between:
Mon-Fri 4:00am - 9:00pm and
Sat-Sun 8:00am - 7:00pm.