16 4 / 2014
Parking Panda and Earth Day Network Team Up to Celebrate Earth Day
Parking Panda is excited to announce we have partnered with Earth Day Network to increase awareness of how much traffic and pollution is caused by those looking for parking and how online reservations can significantly reduce this.
According to parkingreform.org “Cruising for parking happens as drivers circle an area or parking lot looking for a parking space. It is a phenomena caused by free and under priced curb parking in locations where there is high demand for parking. Cruising for parking angers drivers, increases traffic congestion and air pollution, and wastes gasoline and time.”
Parking Reform also discusses sixteen studies performed by Professor Donald Shoup conducted between 1927 and 2001 “The studies showed that between 8 and 75% of the traffic on the streets (in the study areas) were cruising for parking. Taking data from all the studies, on average about 30% of the cars were looking for parking.”
Parking reservations can directly reduce this number as parkers that reserve in advance know exactly where they are going, directly reducing driving times and exhaust output. They are not circling the block looking for facilities that may or may not have availability - they know exactly where a spot is waiting for them. Another benefit of having a parking reservation is that the customer has already paid. Customers are able to avoid driving around the city looking for the best deal by viewing the rates prior to picking a facility online or on their phone.
As part of the Green Parking Council, Parking Panda understands the environmental impact of parking and this year we are taking action. Part of the collaborative effort as we team up with Earth Day Network is to donate $1 from every single reservation made on Parking Panda on Earth Day (April 22, 2014) to the Canopy Project. Each dollar donated to the Canopy Project allows Earth Day Network to plant one tree where trees are most needed.
Be sure to like our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for additional announcements and exclusive promotions. We hope everyone is as excited as we are about celebrating Earth Day and continuing to reduce pollution and traffic due to parking!
07 4 / 2014
San Francisco Salsa Festival
The San Francisco Salsa Festival will be held April 17th-19th. Parking Panda is excited to be the Official Parking Partner of the 6th annual festival highlighting the exciting world of salsa music and dancing. Highlights of this exciting festival include salsa lessons, the World Latin Dance Cup Qualifier Competition, and live band music each night, including from the Grammy Winner, Pacific Mambo Orchestra.
The three-day festival will be held at the Cafe Cocomo (4/17) and The Westin San Francisco Market Street (4/18 and 4/19). As the Official Parking Partner, we are excited to offer a great number of parking options for the festival goers.
01 4 / 2014
Parking Panda Becomes Official Parking Partner of MLB.com
Just in time for Opening Day and the first games of the week, we’re excited to announce that Parking Panda has been named the Official Parking Partner of MLB.com! Sports fans will now be able to view and purchase all game day parking options from Parking Panda’s centralized platform on participating partner MLB team pages, all powered by Parking Panda.
This is a huge deal and represents the first time a major professional sports league has partnered with a parking aggregation and reservation platform to allow fans to pre-purchase parking at third-party parking locations in addition to stadium-owned options. Around 12 to 15 teams are anticipated to be included in the integration, which will be rolled out as the season goes on. The integration is already live with the first four teams (Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners), with several more teams to follow soon.
You can check out our example screenshot of the schedule widget for the Houston Astros powered by Parking Panda below:
Reserving parking for baseball games is as easy as clicking on a game, selecting your desired location, and paying for parking. As always, your parking purchase is 100% guaranteed. Space is set aside at each location, so arrive anytime on game day, and a space will be waiting for you, even if the lot otherwise fills up!
We’re very excited to be working with MLB.com and its participating teams. Be sure to check back often as we continue to integrate with even more teams to power their online parking reservations.
And if you’re heading to a game this season, be sure to check out all of our parking for all 30 Major League Baseball teams here.
26 3 / 2014
2014 Macworld/iWorld Partnership
This weekend, industry leaders will gather in San Francisco for the most exciting Apple product innovations and exhibits. The annual conference brings more than 100,00 fans each year and features tech talks, product expo, and special presentations geared toward Apple users of all levels. This year’s conference highlights include a speaker presentation by Christopher Breen, the senior editor of Macworld, on the use of the iPad in the business setting. For the Macworld/iWorld 2014 agenda, click here. From product shopping to specialized training on the newest apps and technology, this conference is not to be missed for any Apple users!
Held over three days (3/27-3/29) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, each day of the conference will be filled with exciting talks and events. The Moscone Center is located in the heart of downtown San Francisco where parking can be a headache for many visitors. To alleviate this problem for this year’s event goers, Macworld/iWorld has teamed with Parking Panda to offer over 20 reservation-available parking locations within easy walking distance of the Moscone Center. Due to the high volume of attendees in the heavy-traffic neighborhood, garages are expected to sell out.
20 3 / 2014
National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival returns to D.C. to kick off the Spring season. The festival begins March 20, 2014 and will have events running through April 13, 2014. Make sure you don’t miss one of the nations biggest and most beautiful festivals.
Some of the highlights of the festival are the Tidal Basin Paddle Boats, the Festival’s Community Art Show, Blossoming Paper, Cherry Blossomin’ with Art, Wine & a Play, Japanese Teas, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony on Saturday March 22, 2014.
Parking Panda wants to make your trip to D.C. even more enjoyable by offering a 20% discount for all festival parking. Click here to view parking options near the Cherry Blossom Festival and make sure to enter promo code *CherryBlossom20* at checkout.
19 3 / 2014
SF Cherry Blossom Festival
Parking Panda is excited to announce our partnership with the 2014 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. One of the largest festival gatherings held in San Francisco, the Cherry Blossom Festival is the second largest festival outside of Washington, D.C. to celebrate the cherry blossoms and Japanese culture. This year, the festival and parade will be held over two weekends in April, April 12-13 and April 19-20.
Hundreds of performers will line the streets in Japantown to celebrate the cherry blossom season. During the Grand Parade, visitors can expect a beautiful parade filled with colorful floats, folk dancers, and cultural performances. Festivities will be in locations within Japantown. For more information on events and locations, please click on the following links:
Parking Panda and SF Cherry Blossom Festival
As the official parking provider of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, festival goers can now reserve 100% guaranteed parking passes for all the events. Whether you need a single day pass or a full weekend pass, visitors can compare options, select a location, and purchase online or on our free app for stress-free parking!
12 3 / 2014
111 Minna Gallery
Here at Parking Panda, we are extremely excited to announce our partnership with 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. A unique art exhibition space that blends Art and Leisure, 111 Minna Gallery offers a wide range of art and performance events throughout the year. The 21+ art space features 16 feet high walls and floor to ceiling windows inside of the urban industrial warehouse that 111 Minna calls home. From film screenings to dynamic art performances, the space goes through a transformation to highlight each event every 4 weeks.
Every second Saturday of the month, the gallery invites the public for a trip down memory lane. The ‘Back to the 90’s’ party celebrates guest DJs, exciting 90’s jams, as well as a chance to make a personalized event for your birthday. For more information on exciting upcoming events, click here.
111 Minna Gallery and Parking Panda
Located in the heart of SOMA district in downtown San Francisco, parking can be quite the nightmare for visitors. With over 20 parking options within easy walking distance, visitors can compare locations and choose the best parking space for their visit. Don’t forget inventory is very limited, so check out 111 Minna Gallery parking and reserve your guaranteed spot today!
08 3 / 2014
2014 CAA Basketball Championship
Come check out the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Basketball Championship, a 4-day event, in Baltimore, March 7th-March 10th. The games will be held at the Baltimore Arena in the Inner Harbor. You can see some of your favorite collegiate teams in action, including UNCW, Hofstra, Northeastern, Delaware, Drexel, JMU, Towson, Charleston, and William & Mary. The champion will receive an automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament. While you’re making your CAA Championship game plans, be sure to reserve your guaranteed parking now, as parking will be limited and hard to find with heavy traffic.
The CAA Championship Schedule:
Friday, March 7
Game 1: #9 UNCW vs #8 Hofstra - 7:00pm
Saturday, March 8
Game 2: Winner Game 1 vs #1 Delaware - 12:00pm
Game 3: #5 Northeastern vs # Drexel - 2:30pm
Game 4: #7 JMU vs #2 Towson - 6:00pm
Game 5: #6 Charleston vs #3 William & Mary - 8:30pm
Sunday, March 9
Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3 - 2:30pm
Game 7: Winner Game 4 vs Winner Game 5 - 5:00pm
Monday, March 10
Game 8: Winner Game 6 vs Winner Game 7 - 7:00pm
04 3 / 2014
Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con 2014
We are very excited to announce our partnership with the Wizard World Comic Con at Sacramento. Held at the Sacramento Convention Center on 3/7/2014 - 3/9/2014, the Comic Con will bring tens of thousands of fans to celebrate the best in pop culture.
The Wizard World Comic Con is packing is some of the most exciting programming for the Sacramento Comic Con. Most programming is free with the admission wristband. On March 7th and 8th, don’t miss out on the Wizard World Film Festival starting at 5 PM. Enjoy the exciting independent film, exclusive photo ops as well as the award ceremony for the latest in independent film.
On Saturday, visit your childhood hero, Jason David Frank, the original Green Power Ranger. There will be a special audience Q&A session on Saturday! James Masters, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, will also hold a one-on-one session at 4 PM. Another can’t-miss programming is the one-on-one with William Shatner. Other featured guests include Comic Book legend Stan Lee, Chris Hemsworth, and Normdan Reedus from the “Walking Dead”. Click here to check programming schedule as well as details on special guests
Tips for a successful Sacramento Comic Con:
- Buy your ticket in advance as the line to buy tickets at the door will be incredibly long and you may miss out on pre-order discounts or incentives
- Your admission is good for the whole day! You can exit and re-enter
- All tickets are non-refundable but someone else may use the ticket if you wish
- Each adult ticket comes with two free children’s tickets for children 10 and under
Official Parking for Wizard World Comic Con
To relieve parking and traffic congestion around the Sacramento Convention Center, the Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento has partnered with Parking Panda to provide parking reservations for attendees. Space is extremely limited and locations are selling out already so be sure to purchase your official parking reservation now! Single Day passes and Multi-day passes are available to make your parking experience as easy and seamless as possible.
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27 2 / 2014
Philadelphia Flower Show
The Philadelphia Horticultural Society will be hosting the Philadelphia Flower Show at the convention center beginning Saturday, March 1st. The annual event is the oldest and largest flower show, world wide. Doors will open to non-PHS members 3/1 and the show will run through 3/9. That is plenty of time for you to get to the convention center and see the most beautiful collection of flowers, in one space, all year long.
The Philadelphia Horticultural Society has provided a list of helpful suggestions for event attendees and we wanted to share them with you, as well, so you can prepare for your visit:
Dress for the occasion.
There’s a lot to see, so comfortable shoes are a must. Dress in layers as it can get chilly on the Show floor.
Jot down the name of plants you like or the contact information of exhibitors, or snap a photo of your favorite exhibits.
If you are a PHS member, bring your Membership ID, which entitles you to discounts at the Flower Show Store and other retail locations.
Plan the day.
Check the schedule of events on the Flower Show App, website, or upon arrival at the Convention Center. There are lectures, demonstrations, culinary displays, book signings, and more that you don’t want to miss.
Make a shopping list.
The Flower Show is a shopper’s paradise. Think ahead to spring and what you might want for the months ahead. Throwing a party? Planning a garden bed? Considering a new hobby? Redecorating a room? Chances are the things you need can be found on the Show floor.
The other important part of the show to plan for is your parking for the event. There is plenty of parking available right around the Philadelphia Convention Center. Make your 100% guaranteed parking reservation, now, and have one less thing to worry about when you arrive.