Watertown Parking Management Plan

a row of cars parked in front of a storeWatertown has developed a Parking Management Plan for Watertown Square and Coolidge Square. The Plan takes a fresh look at the existing parking supply, demand for parking, and creative ways to satisfy parking needs. Parking is an important tool in supporting Watertown's commercial centers. Good parking policies can make these retail centers more user friendly and welcoming.

The Plan makes recommendations to improve parking, such as:

  • Changes that could better manage parking and meet ongoing demand
  • Consistent and easy to understand regulations
  • Improved meter technology
  • Opportunities for shared parking
  • Options for enforcement
  • Other ways to support healthy and successful commercial centers

Executive Summary & Strategies

Draft recommendations (PDF) were presented to the Council Committees on Economic Development and Planning and Public Works on August 27, 2019. See the full presentation (PDF) here. 

Public Process

The Project Team collected input from residents and the business community through an online survey and two initial public meetings in January, 2019. The public input as well as data collection by the project team resulted in an Existing Conditions Report (PDF). A meeting to present draft strategies to the public was held Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm at the Watertown Public Library.


In January, 2019 the community had the opportunity to see data on parking supply and occupancy, and give feedback on their experiences and preferences. 

Project Team

  • Planter Next to RoadProject Consultant: Ralph DeNisco, Stantec
  • Project Contact: Zeke Mermell, Department of Community Development and Planning
  • Sgt. David Sampson, Police Traffic Division
  • Sean DelRose, Treasurer-Collector's Office

For more information, email Zeke Mermell, Senior Transportation Planner or call at 617-972-6417.