Civic Center Parking Garage

Photo of the Civic Center Parking marquee

The Civic Center Parking Garage is the best deal in town for parking near movies, Park Street area businesses, and civic institutions. Its rates are half the cost of nearby parking meters and its paid hours end an hour earlier. With 341 spaces, parking is almost always available, and a sign out front announces the number of spaces available at that moment. The City's 2023/2024 budget includes $1 million to improve this facility.

Location and Hours of Operation

The Civic Center Parking Structure is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is conveniently located one block from Park Street and next to the historic Alameda Theatre.

Address: 1416 Oak Street between Central and Santa Clara Avenues.

Rates and Payment Instructions

Patrons parking by the hour must pre-pay for parking between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, excluding holidays. The rate is $0.75 per hour. After you park, note your parking space number. Then proceed to the pay stations near the ground floor elevator bank, where you will input that space number to pre-pay for your expected stay. The pay stations accept cash or credit cards.

Parking Validation

The Alameda Theater validates parking for a future trip to the parking structure. When you attend a movie, you'll receive a paper coupon from the movie theater with a printed code number which may be entered at the pay station in the structure during a future visit. The coupon provides free parking for up to three hours. In the future, other Park Street merchants may also offer validation coupons.

Bike Parking

There are 24 bike racks near the entrance on the ground floor, and 16 electronic bike lockers (elockers) located on the lower level of the parking structure. BikeLink elockers are a secure on-demand parking system for small vehicles. They offer secure temporary storage of bicycles, electric bicycles, or scooters. BikeLink cards can be purchased at and can be used at any BikeLink elocker located throughout the Bay Area. The elockers were funded by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Transportation Fund for Clean Air, in conjunction with funds from the City of Alameda. 

Monthly Permit Parking

Levels 5 and 6 of the parking structure are available for monthly permit holders. For more information or to purchase a permit, contact PCI, the City's parking structure management contractor, at or 415/553-6883.

Electric Car Parking and Charging

There are four spaces with charging stations reserved for electric cars on the first floor of the garage. The rate for parking in these spaces is the same as for any hourly space, plus a modest rate per kw/hr for the electricity. For information on using these ChargePoint chargers, go to to