Our "on the scene reporter," Mike St. Clair, was kind enough to send a report about increased prices for anyone parking near the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Mike writes:
Effective today, February 1st, the best parking option (especially for those who have trouble walking any distance) has had a significant change. For many years I've been parking in the Plaza Hotel parking structure right next to the library. Until recently they have charged only $3 for those visiting the library. So along with the closeness, the in and out privileges, and the fact that it is covered parking, it was perfect. Starting today, they have gone to an hourly parking fee. Now, if you are parking all day it will cost $8. I know the big city folks are saying that's still a bargain, but it's a 100% increase over yesterday.
The cheapest option now is in the block directly to the west of the Library block - $3/day, but it's quite some distance considering the size of Salt Lake City blocks. You have to enter on the west side of the block and should park as close to the southeast corner as you can. There is also $5/day parking in the block directly north of the library block, but that is a pretty small lot and you may not always find an opening. It's a shorter walk.
This is all due to the construction that is underway, which has eliminated many hundreds of parking places in the area and brought many commuting construction workers. Note that you can park in any of the light rail parking lots to the south of the city and get dropped off right on the library corner (West Temple and South Temple). This will be a good choice except at rush hour or around Utah Jazz games and other events at the Jazz arena.
Mike St. Clair
Thanks for the report, Mike!