(Advocate file photo).

(Advocate file photo).

Some free parking in Red Deer’s downtown

Red Deerians are getting free parking options in the downtown.

It will be easier to make a quick stop at a local core-area businesses with free, temporary parking available in 215 street parking stalls.

Starting Monday, drivers will notice one in every five meters covered with a bag that states, “free parking 2 hours.”

The meters are located throughout downtown, wherever metered parking exists.

This initiative is part of the city’s Leading Forward project. It aims to increase the vibrancy of the downtown and to strengthen the local economy by offering easier access to local businesses.

“By providing temporary free parking options, we hope to reduce barriers and encourage residents and visitors to visit downtown businesses and attractions more frequently,” said Erin Stuart, inspections and licensing manager.

“Our goals include increasing vibrancy of the downtown core and demonstrating the city’s desire to support local businesses through their post-pandemic recovery.”

The initiative continues through Dec. 31. More information about downtown parking is available on the city’s website, www.reddeer.ca/parking.

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