Free P for December - does it make a difference to the Brant street merchants?

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November 27th, 2017



For all of December you will be able to park your car at a city parking meter in the downtown core FREE.

City hall seems to feel that is the benefit.

The real benefit is we won’t have to squint into that little screen to read the instructions when the sun makes it all but impossible to reads the instructions.

It is a Free P – in downtown Burlington for the fifth year

The parking is free in city lots and on-street parking spaces.

Parking meter wrapped

Parking meter wrapped for the month of December – parking is free for the month.

Parking MMW + Brian Dean with head of meter

Brian Dean with Councillor Marianne Meed Ward the day the new parking meters were installed.

Free P allows vehicles to park in on-street parking spaces for free for up to three hours. For vehicles parked in municipal parking lots or the parking garage at 414 Locust St., there is no maximum time limit. Overnight parking in municipal lots is also allowed.

Motorists with downtown parking permits are reminded to continue to park in their assigned parking lot throughout the month of December in order to maximize the number of parking spaces available for visitors.
The City of Burlington provides 1,500 municipal parking spaces in downtown Burlington and offers free parking year-round in the downtown Monday to Friday after 6 p.m. and all day Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Brian Dean, Executive Director of the Burlington Downtown Business Association and Chair of the Downtown Parking Committee explains that the “goal is to keep downtown’s unique shopping and dining experiences top of mind for residents and visitors this holiday season. We want to encourage patrons to explore even more of the services downtown by removing a parking fee from the equation this December.”

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1 comment to Free P for December – does it make a difference to the Brant street merchants?

  • Bryce Lee

    Downtown Burlington; removing the parking fee for December is not the problem!
    Removing numerous parking spaces where needed to construct a walkway
    during the height of the shopping season is the problem.

    Some of us have difficulty walking the distance from any of the
    suggested lots to a downtown destination.
    Given the volume of vehicular traffic parked downtown,
    it is often well nigh impossible to find a close by our destination parking slot.