Watertown Parking Management PlanMt Auburn Street in the 1930s

Watertown 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:

  • Improved meter technology
  • Consistent and easy to understand regulations
  • Options for enforcementWatertown Square Inventory Landmarks Opens in new window
  • Changes that could better manage parking and meet ongoing demand
  • Opportunities for shared parking
  • Other ways to support healthy and successful commercial centers

Executive Summary and Strategies

Draft recommendations were presented to the Council Committees on Economic Development and Planning and Public Works on August 27, 2019.  See the full presentation here.  Background information is available below.

Public Process

The Project Team collected input from residents and the business community through an on-line 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.  A meeting to present draft strategies to the public was held Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 PM at the Watertown Public Library.

ResourcesCoolidge Square Inventory Landmarks

In January, 2019 the community had the opportunity to see data on parking supply and occupancy, and give feedback on their experiences and preferences. Materials from those open house meetings can be viewed here: 

Materials for May 7, 2019 public meeting:

Materials from January, 2019 public meetings:


Project Team

  • Project Consultant: Ralph DeNisco, Stantec
  • Project Contact: Laura Wiener, Department of Community Development & PlanningWatertown Square
  • Sgt. David Sampson, Police Traffic Division
  • Sean DelRose, Treasurer-Collector’s Office

For more information, email Laura Wiener, Senior Transportation Planner or call at (617) 972-6417