Wadena adds new downtown parking limit of 2 hours
If a parking violation complaint is received, an officer will respond, mark the vehicle and take appropriate action afterwards.
WADENA — Two hour parking limits are being added in downtown Wadena.
In the summer of 2021, complaints of vehicles parking downtown all day were brought to the attention of the Wadena City Council. Only a few parking spots were available for shoppers to conveniently patronize the downtown establishments.
The concern was discussed by the City Council, and in an effort to assist the downtown businesses, especially due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided that a two hour parking restriction would be put in place, according to a Wadena Police Department Facebook post. Due to supply chain delays, the two hour parking signs are being installed in the downtown areas as of March 2022.
The enforcement of this restriction will rely heavily on complaints during the day time and proactive efforts during the night, according to the Police Department. If a parking violation complaint is received, an officer will respond, mark the vehicle and take appropriate action afterwards. They want to avoid targeting shoppers.
The department is also not looking to ticket violators that go over by a short amount of time, these complaints will be handled by the Wadena Police Department with the appropriate amount of discretion and on a case-by-case basis.
For any questions or concerns, call the Wadena Police Department and speak to any officer or Chief Naomi Plautz at 218-631-7700.