park and walk
The parking garage so far has proven to be a bust. Usage is way below the projections. No matter, you should try it. The walk to downtown is pleasant, and your car wont get snowed on or melted by the sun. Cross the river to the Visitors Center and catch a free local shuttle around town if you're patient. Many locals walk from home or visit downtown after 5 when it quiets down. Plan your timing to improve your experience. Paid parking is enforced from 10am to 6pm 7 days a week.
Do everyone a favor and do not park near Safeway (Stanley Village shopping center) then walk downtown... Use the parking garage- same distance, less intersections, and there's no uphill on the way back to your car.