It could be the most wonderful time of the year if free parking makes you happy.

Each holiday season, City of Spokane Parking Enforcement crews
perform random acts of free parking kindness by plugging parking meters
for unsuspecting downtown shoppers.
Today, December 7, through New Year’s Day, the City’s ten parking
enforcement officers will be randomly providing free parking to citizens
Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (normal parking meter hours).

The tradition is an effort to encourage people to come downtown to
celebrate and support downtown businesses.  In 2014, the ‘Secret Santa’ parking enforcement officers donated
approximately $700 in free parking – the equivalent of about 300 free parking
opportunities in the downtown area. 
Money used to plug parking
meters is donated from the City’s parking meter revenue funds.
The ‘Secret Parking Santas’
do NOT re-plug meters for vehicles already parked at a metered spot. Parking
enforcement officers only plug the meters of drivers who have just pulled into
an open space. 

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