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City completes restroom, public safety upgrades to Spiker Parking Garage

Photo courtesy of the City of Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The City of Cheyenne has recently completed various renovations to the Spiker Parking Garage, including new restrooms, improved lighting and blue light emergency call towers.

The renovated restrooms at the garage, located at the corner of Carey Avenue and 17th Street, have been open to the public since June 10, according to a news release from the city. The Cheyenne City Council approved to pay $269,000 for renovations earlier this year via sixth-penny funds. The bathrooms are now equipped with features designed to combat vandalism. Residents can access the facilities from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, but security staff will continue to patrol the area after hours.

“We wanted to create a facility that people weren’t afraid to go out and actually use,” Ward I Councilmember Jeff White said in a news release.

Eight emergency call towers topped with blue lights are now also stationed inside the parking structure. Activating the towers immediately connects callers to emergency dispatchers, who can identify the specific tower and access video from it to observe an emergency situation. Three call towers are also at the George Cox Parking Structure. Another is set up at the 17th Street parking lot.

(Photo courtesy of the City of Cheyenne)

“What we hope is that this is going to create a safe and welcoming environment for our downtown visitors,” Ward I Councilmember Pete Laybourn said.

Anyone can park in the Spiker and Cox garages for free for the first two hours. Drivers can then pay a flat $4 to continue parking their vehicles for the remainder of a day.