Starting the day after Thanksgiving—Friday, Nov. 23—parking will be free at downtown meters after 5 p.m. The promotion will continue through Saturday, Jan. 5, to accommodate holiday shoppers. Parking meters usually have to be paid until 7 p.m.
The free parking is part of an overall new approach to parking that focuses on the customer. The City’s parking enforcement staff are now parking ambassadors. The ambassadors will provide directions and answer questions related to parking.
And in a step toward creating a more vibrant downtown, the City is implementing a pilot project that allows citizens living in part of downtown to purchase a monthly parking pass good at 10-hour meters. This will make it easier for people to live, work and recreate in the city’s core, which makes for a more attractive downtown.