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Private Parking Lots in Bloomington Now Available for Public Use

FlexePark, a web-based parking service that creates public spaces from private lots, has a convenient parking lot now available – marked with newly installed signage – on Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington. While FlexePark first launched in Indianapolis in 2017, this new FlexePark-partnered lot is among the first of its kind in the area.

FlexePark was developed as a solution to the lack of public parking options in metro areas. Through FlexePark, local businesses generate extra income by making their unused parking available to the community, usually after business hours. Drivers simply scan the QR code on a FlexePark space sign to securely pay the flat parking fee. The patent-pending technology has been recognized as a finalist for the 2019 Parking Today Awards and 2019 TechPoint Mira Awards.

The Kirkwood lot, located at 121 E. Kirkwood Ave., opened in December 2018. Twenty parking spaces are available from 5 a.m. to 4 a.m. for $6. Other FlexePark lots include 800 S. College Ave., with 15 spaces available from 7 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. for $2.50, and 28 spaces are available at First United Methodist Church, 299 East 3rd St., for $6 from 5 a.m. to 4 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

“We are very excited to support this new Kirkwood parking in Bloomington,” says FlexePark co-founder Michael Dowden. “This property is a great example of our goal of helping businesses maximize the use of their underutilized parking areas. By making these ad-hoc parking spaces available, local businesses benefit from the expanded parking options.”

Business owners interested in becoming a FlexePark partner can learn more at

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