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Santana Row Parking Garage has Grand Re-Opening

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

The newly re-opened parking garage is the best thing to happen to Santana Row since the fire of 2002 was extinguished.

Entrance to the Winchester Garage

Entrance to the Winchester Garage

The new garage, opened on Saturday, July 18, features an additional 805 parking spots and an express ramp that brings drivers directly from Winchester Boulevard to the third level of the parking structure. When leaving, drivers can take the ramp directly to South Winchester Boulevard from any of the first three levels. Previously, there were no direct route from South Winchester Boulevard to any of the parking areas.

The new express ramp

The new express ramp

On a Sunday afternoon, which is usually a busy time with hard-to-find parking, the entire 5th and 6th levels of the garage were empty.

An entire level of open parking spaces

An entire level of open parking spaces

Earlier this summer, Santana Row installed several signs to direct drivers to available parking spots. Until now, most of these signs were stuck on “Full” (except for the broken sign for the south east parking lot, which shows hundreds of spots available when the lot was completely full). The new sign for the Winchester parking garage shows hundreds of spots available.

Something never seen before at Santana Row - hundred of open parking spaces

Something never seen before at Santana Row - hundreds of open parking spaces

The views from the top of the parking garage are great. From 6 levels up, you can see across the valley.

The views from the top of the Winchester parking garage

The views from the top of the Winchester parking garage

Paws in the Park at Santana Row

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Furry Friends Rescue and Kara’s Cupcakes are putting on Paws in the Park at Park Valencia in Santana Row on Saturday, May 30th from 1 pm to 4 pm.

pawsintheparkEvents include a Doggie Fashion Show, raffle prizes, dog contests, and an adoption showcase.

Profits from Kara’s Sweet Vanilla cupcakes go to Furry Friends Rescue.

Furry Friends Rescue is an all-volunteer non-profit Bay Area companion animal rescue organization, saving unadopted dogs and cats destined to be euthanized in Bay Area shelters. Since forming in November 1998, the group has rescued over 4400 dogs and cats.

The outdoor Santana Row mall is known for its pet friendly atmosphere. Visitors can dine at one of the many restaurants with outdoor seating with their dog. Look for the “Paws Welcome Here” decal for pet friendly shops and restaurants. The Furry Friends Rescue booth will have Pet-Friendly shopping guides available.

Visit Furry Friends Rescue’s Paws In The Park page for more information.

Santana Row Parking Improves

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The most frustrating aspect of visiting Santana Row is about to be alleviated this summer. Parking has always been difficult at the shopping complex.

Parking sign at Santana Row directing drivers to lots with spaces.

Parking sign at Santana Row directing drivers to lots with spaces.

Already introduced are new signs that point drivers to available parking spots.

Collette Navarrette, Marketing Manager at Santana Row, tells South Winchester News that the new signs work through sensors that track the number of cars entering and exiting each location.

Parking garage sign showing drivers which levels have available spaces.

Parking garage sign showing drivers which levels have available spaces.

In our investiagtion, we noted that the outdoor parking lot along Winchester Boulevard had 4 spots available, but the parking sign indicated that the lot was full.

Parking sign at Santana Row showing a full lot

Parking sign at Santana Row showing a full lot

The biggest change for visitors is the completion of the parking garage expansion. Navarrette tells South Winchester News that the additional three levels of the parking garage along South Winchester Boulevard will be opening in July and will add an additional 805 parking spaces. A great feature is the addition of a new express ramp which will lead directly from South Winchester Boulevard to the parking garage’s third level. This will eliminate the need for drivers to slowly navigate through Santana Row’s pedestrian-laden streets to the parking garage entrances.

Expanded parking garage at Santana Row to open this July.

Expanded parking garage at Santana Row to open this July.