365 Things to Do in Memphis, #34: Park at Parking Can Be Fun

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 3rd 2012 117 15

Parking in a downtown garage isn't, by nature, fun. There's one garage in Memphis, though, that tries just a little harder to bring some joy to the quotidian act of finding a parking space. Assignment #34 in the 365 Things to Do is to park where it's fun.

Parking Can Be Fun, Memphis, Tenn.

Parking Can Be Fun is the only garage in Memphis that dares to suggest that a parking garage can be more than concrete ramps and painted yellow lines.

At their Union Ave. garage, the elevator doors are painted with colorful portraits of Memphis musicians. The street-facing windows are painted in support of whatever local sports team is in season (currently, basketball season is represented with a U of M Tiger and blueGrizzly bear). Music is piped into the garage. And for some reason, the stairwells always smell kind of like vanilla.

Grizz at Parking Can Be Fun, Memphis, Tenn.

Parking Can Be Fun wouldn't be nearly as much fun if it were crazy expensive. Most of the time, you can park for about $5. Not bad, considering you're about two blocks away from everything in the downtown core.

Go there:

Parking Can Be Fun

79 Union Ave
Memphis, TN 38103

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. ANOOP DESAI says:

    yep, i always park at this garage

  2. Jenny says:

    I worked at that garage during my  freshman year of college.  So many memories!

  3. matthew hird says:

    Very very bad. We were charged $5 in, and they said we hadn’t paid and made us pay $5 again. We were first timers here and will never go back.

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