Parking in Falls Church City is a pain in the neck. There is no parking on the main streets, and on the side streets most of the spaces are 2 hour parking only. There are public parking lots behind the different shops and restaurants but the lots are small, crowded, and not easy to navigate. On weekends they fill up fast and people are often stuck waiting for a spot, sometimes even just leaving. Well the city has figured out a way to ease some of the parking pain.
Falls Church now has an agreement with the Kaiser Permanente building, located on the corner of North Washington Street and Park Avenue, so that visitors to the city can now park for free in that lot on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the following hours:
- Friday: 6pm - 3am
- Saturday: 7am - 3am
- Sunday : 8am - 11pm
- Select Holidays: 7am - 11pm
Those ending times are actually very important because once those times hit, the parking garage will actually close its gates, and if your car is inside, it will be stuck inside until it re-opens the next day. The city didn't mention anything about tickets or towing for leaving a car overnight, so it appears safe (and smart) to just leave your car in the garage if you get drunk and pick it up the next day.
The parking garage entrance is on Park Avenue (across from State Theater) and has access to the main section of Falls Church, only a short walk away from the State Theater, Clare & Dons, Dogwood Tavern, Ireland's 4 P's, Argia's and more.
This venture is going to be on a trial run until June when they may or not decide to keep the garage open depending on usage and other things.
You can read more about this from the Falls Church City Government web site.