By Gord Bowes, News staff
After long refusing to allow free parking, the Concession Street BIA is willing to try the idea leading up to Christmas.
Motorists will be able to park at no charge for two hours beginning Monday.
Previously, there was no appetite for shutting down the parking meters because of a fear the spots would be taken up hospital workers and visitors instead of shoppers.
City council last week passed the two-week trial for the business district.
“Our board of directors decided to try it for one year and see what happens,” said Concession BIA executive director Lynn Page.
“If it’s the same cars in front of the same store for eight hours, then we’ll know.”
Page says bylaw officers will still monitor the street, chalking the tires of prospective scofflaws, and anyone who parks for longer than two hours could be ticketed.
A city staff report says not forcing people to feed the meter will cost the city about $5,000 in revenue.
Staff and the BIA will evaluate the results at the end of the trial and may decide to continue it next Christmas.
“Next year we’ll take a look at it and see if we want to do it again,” said Coun. Scott Duvall (Ward 7, central Mountain).