Council OKs Free Holiday Parking Downtown
PORTSMOUTH - The City Council has authorized the traditional free holiday parking period at downtown Portsmouth meters from Friday, Dec. 14, through Wednesday, Jan. 2.
The City Council recently authorized the Parking and Transportation Division to forego parking meter collection enforcement during the holiday period again this year. However, Parking Enforcement Officers will continue to enforce the posted time limits at the metered spaces. As always, other parking violations also will be ticketed, such as unauthorized parking in handicapped spaces or in loading zones.
The meters will display cards inside the meter window that say: “Season’s Greetings - Free Parking” and indicate the time limit for that parking space.
Holiday shoppers and visitors wishing to spend time more time downtown than is allowed on the meters are encouraged to use the High-Hanover Parking Facility at 34 Hanover Street for 75 cents per hour. Several downtown merchants belong to the Downtown Parking Validation Program that allows them to provide their customers with up to four hours of free parking at the High-Hanover Facility. The program, which is supported by the City of Portsmouth and the Downtown Business Association, is intended to make shopping and parking in Downtown Portsmouth much easier. Participating merchants display a blue sticker with letter "P" in their storefront windows.