Improvements to El Centro's downtown parking lots began this week with the installation of shade in two of the lots in the 500 block of State Street, across from the library, and on Broadway across from La Fonda restaurant.
In addition to the shading, some city lots will be revitalized with new asphalt or seals and be landscaped.
Ken Skillman, city director of development services/city engineer, said each of the two parking lots will get two shading structures at a total cost of $61,973.61.
He said the shading project is sort of a test, and if received well, there could be further shading added. A total of 31 spaces will be shaded. He said lengthy discussions were conducted to determine what to shade and where.