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Downtown Roanoke, Inc. Launches Free Parking App

April 4,2013

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                  Contact:  Matthew Klepeisz

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Susan Caldwell

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Downtown Roanoke, Inc. Launches Free Parking App

PARK Noke is designed to make it easy to find a parking space in downtown Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (April 4,2013)—No matter what city you are in, sometimes finding a place to park can be complicated.    A quick search of parking apps available from the App Store shows hundreds of apps—and even app games—that are available for parking.  Parking never seems like a game when you are rushed and looking for a spot close to a restaurant or shop—and that’s where PARK Noke comes in for Roanokers and downtown Roanoke guests.

PARK Noke is the first parking app developed to help users find convenient parking throughout downtown Roanoke.  The free app was developed in cooperation with Downtown Roanoke, Inc. (DRI),  Park Roanoke—a local parking garage operator, Waldvogel Commercial Properties, CarPark, Inc., Towne Park and other local businesses and city offices in an effort to make it easy to find the nearest parking lots in and around the vibrant downtown area. Local Roanoke app developer Ed Dixon volunteered his time to create the app for DRI.

Price Gutshall, Economic Development Specialist for DRI, said, “We want Roanoke residents as well as visitors to be able to see quickly where abundant parking is available and how much it will cost. If people are able to plan their visit to downtown Roanoke without the worry of finding a parking spot, they’ll have more time to enjoy our great restaurants, shops, and entertainment.”

PARK Noke is designed to show people all parking options, availability, and the cost before they head out the door.  The app is available as a free download in the App Store and can be found under the Navigation and Travel categories. It is currently designed for Apple iOS 6.x and iPhone 3GS, iPad, iPhone4/4S/5, and later devices.    

The app can also be found on DRI’s website at www.downtownroanoke.org.

Features and Benefits:

  • PARK Noke uses GPS data to determine a user’s current location and then provides parking information, sorted by distance, to various parking lots and facilities located in downtown Roanoke. Users can simply press the “Find Parking” button to locate the nearest parking lots in downtown Roanoke.
  • Parking lots show cost/free status based on time of day and day of the week. Information for a selected parking lot shows name, address, picture (if available) and cost/rate.
  • The app provides a constant GPS location overlaid on a map of the area as well as route information to show the user’s path (for back tracking when needed).
  • PARK Noke can also provide turn-by-turn guidance directions to the selected parking lot. Directions are provided by AppleMaps system and also include voice guidance for users with a Siri-based iPhone 4S/5 and some iPad products.
  • The list of parking lots includes both the lots provided by CarPark, the Hotel Roanoke Towne Park, and those that are managed by Park Roanoke.

Extras:  

  • PARK Noke includes an ‘Event’ tab to show upcoming events for Roanoke as managed by DRI and also found on www.downtownroanoke.org.
  • PARK Noke includes a ‘Weather’ tab to show current weather conditions based on weather data from www.WeatherBug.com.

 

About Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

Downtown Roanoke, Inc. provides services and support to downtown property owners, businesses and residents. Since 1960, its mission has been to position downtown Roanoke as the preferred place to live, work, and play. DRI also provides services throughout the Downtown Service District under a contract with the City of Roanoke and also manages the Historic Roanoke City Market, which is the oldest continuously-operating open air market in Virginia.  Each year, DRI presents a number of showcase events in downtown Roanoke including the Harvest Festival, and the SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas - a major holiday season street festival taking place each year on the first three Fridays of December.

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