Heading downtown Friday night? Snow removal will prevent overnight street parking, police say

The Sioux Falls Police Department said any vehicles parked along downtown streets at 1 a.m. Saturday will be towed for snow plowing.

Downtown Sioux Falls at night.
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SIOUX FALLS — The Sioux Falls Police Department is reminding anyone who may be heading downtown Friday night, Jan. 6, to use the city’s off-street parking or risk being towed, as snow clearing efforts will revamp early Saturday morning.

According to Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens, snow removal will resume in downtown Sioux Falls at 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, and last until approximately 9 a.m. During that time, any vehicles left on downtown streets will be towed.

“They started the process of getting snow cleaned up downtown, but they didn't have enough time. There’s obviously too much snow, so they’re going to be doing that again tonight at 1 a.m.,” Clemens said. “The big message behind this is: Don't park on the streets between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. If you park on the streets downtown during that time frame, your car will be towed.”

Clemens said anyone who might be enjoying the downtown bar scene should keep that message in mind and take appropriate action to avoid getting towed. The city has multiple publicly owned parking lots throughout downtown, as well as parking ramps near most bars along Phillips Avenue.

Bar-goers and residents of downtown Sioux Falls won’t be prohibited from on-street parking until 1 a.m., but Clemens reiterated that 1 a.m. will bring a sharp cutoff, and he doesn’t want anyone to be surprised if their vehicle is towed away.


“If you're going out downtown, make sure you're not parking on the streets — or if you do park on the streets, make sure your car is moved before 1 a.m.,” Clemens repeated. “We’re trying to push that message out now so people are aware of that and can make appropriate adjustments.”

Overnight parking downtown is typically allowed at no charge during weekends, but the parking ban comes as part of a snow alert issued by city officials on Jan. 3. Overnight parking is still allowed for free in city-owned lots and parking ramps during the snow alert. A map of those lots and ramps can be found on the city’s website.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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