La Mesa

Parking in Downtown
La Mesa

Parking Overview

Parking resources in the Downtown Village are managed for the benefit of customers and business. Nearly 500 convenient parking spaces are provided on-street and in municipal parking lots with prices ranging from $0.50/Hr. to $0.75/Hr. The spaces closest to your favorite destinations are equipped with “silver-top” IPS smart parking meters.

These meters provide customers with multiple payment options, including coin, credit & debit cards, and smart phone options for mobile devices, including Apple Pay, Android Pay, and the ParkSmarter mobile app, which allows users to find parking spaces, pay on the go, track time, reload time remotely and even keep track of visits and receipts. Our goal is to make it more convenient for you and enjoy your stay in our downtown. Thanks for visiting and please come often.

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New Technology

The City of La Mesa has reinvested over $125,000 of parking revenue to improve customer convenience. The City has upgraded its smart parking meters and expanded the technology into six new areas in the Downtown Village. The newly upgraded parking system will allow users to identify available parking spaces and even pay using their smart phones. The PARKSMARTER™ mobile app will even allow customers to manage their parking sessions from the comfort of their restaurant dinner table. Now visitors to La Mesa’s Downtown Village can enjoy a wide variety of payment methods, including:

  • Coin

  • Credit/Debit Card

  • PARKSMARTER™ Mobile App

  • Apple Pay

  • Android Pay


There are several areas in the Downtown Village with silver-top IPS credit card and mobile-pay meters. IPS Meters are not only convenient because they take credit cards, nickels, dimes and quarters but with the more traditional M5 Single Space Meter, you simply pull up, pay and walk away. It’s that simple. Watch this Demonstration Video and see for yourself. San Diego-based IPS Group, Inc. is a design, engineering and manufacturing company focused on low power wireless telecommunications and parking technologies.


The PARK SMARTER™ mobile app provides our citizen's with a parking experience that saves time and is easy to use. To get started paying through your smartphone, visit the PARK SMARTER™ website and download the application.

How it works:

Watch the demo:

Using Pay by Mobile


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My Parking Receipt™ is a convenient website that allows customers to view, download and print their parking receipts paid at any IPS meter. My Parking Receipt™ offers:

  • Setting to automatically email parking receipts upon close of transaction

  • One-time customer account set-up to simply access, view export and expense

  • User-friendly interface

Watch the demo:

For more information on City of La Mesa Parking Or Call: 619-667-1192

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