City increases patrol, safety measures at parking garage

We live in a beautiful community that has been shocked and saddened by recent late-night violence that has led to a tragic loss of life in the Southwest Parking Garage. We assure you we remain committed to the safety of Downtown neighbors, visitors and parking garage patrons, and are currently adding additional security measures throughout the garage including:
  • increasing overnight security patrol throughout the facility Thursdays through Sundays from 7 p.m.-5 a.m.
  • expanding the camera system throughout the facility
  • upgrading the lighting system throughout the facility
Also effective Thursday, May 5, 2022, we will limit access to the Southwest Parking Garage from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
  •  The entryway on SW 2nd Street will be closed during these hours.
  •  The entryway on SW 3rd Street will remain open during these hours only to patrons with parking garage permits, and access will be verified by security guards.
Outside these hours, patrons with parking garage permits retain 24/7 access to the facility via entryways on SW 2nd Street and SW 3rd Street. (Additional information about permits can be found online.)
It is our hope these changes will help prevent future tragedies as we work to ensure the safety and security of all neighbors.

– Cynthia W. Curry, Gainesville interim City Manager