The first pay surface parking lots opened Nov. 20 in Ketchum.
Drivers have to pay $1.50 per hour at the two city-operated parking lots at Second Street/Washington Avenue and Sixth Street/Leadville Avenue. The city will reassess the price after six months.
The city paved over free, dirt parking lots over the summer to create the paid parking lots. The Second/Washington lot was expanded from 26 to 65 parking spaces and the Sixth/Leadville lot has 26 spaces.
“The parking spaces in the lots have been, for the most part, used by workers for long-term parking,” Ketchum spokeswoman Lisa Enourato said in an email. “The paid parking should encourage workers and long-term users to park in long-term parking areas.”
Both lots have electronic payment systems for credit and debit cards and allow payment by cell phone, but cash or coins are not accepted.
“If (the city) council decides to expand paid parking in the city after evaluation of the pilot program, parking meters would be considered,” Enourato said.