The new downtown parking garage is not quite finished, but completed enough to help out a lot of folks this weekend.

City of Amarillo officials have announce the parking garage will make available 570 spots for parking this weekend, free of charge, for the families and friends of any of the graduates walking the stage during the eight graduation ceremonies scheduled.

There has been no announcement concerning special parking and their associated fees for other special events.  Pricing for daily parking has been discussed for some time and will be announced soon.

Construction on the state-of-the-art parking garage took 13 and a half months.  It features extra wide "Texas Sized" spaces, efficient LED lighting, and a surveillance system of 38 cameras feeding directly into 911 dispatch.  The call center will be able to visually inspect and observe any part or the parking garage, at any time.

It is hoped the garage will open for daily public paid parking in July.