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FREE 2-hour parking

This holiday season, shoppers can park for FREE for up to 2 hours at on-street meters! The special program runs from 10 am to 6 pm, starting Friday, November 23rd through Tuesday, January 1st. As always, on-street parking is free all day on Sunday and after 6 pm, Monday through Saturday. Overnight parking is not permitted downtown, and is only allowed in city neighborhoods with resident or visitor permits.

Starting next week, look for the stickers reminding you about the rules, and don’t forget to pay before 10 am! Keep in mind, you will get a ticket if you stay beyond the posted time limit on your meter. (For example, if you’re at a 4-hour meter, your first 2 hours are free, but you’re expected to pay after that).

All meters in downtown Providence are included within the area bounded by Steeple Street, west to Route 95; 95 south to 195; 195 east to Point Street; Point Street to Wickenden Street; north on South Main to North Main Street at Steeple Street. (See the map for details). Free metered parking is also offered in several other commercial districts: Broad Street, Atwells, North Main Street, Olneyville Square, South Main Street, Wayland Square, Hope Street, Wickenden/Ives, and Thayer Street.

Mayor Taveras announced this program today, along with the 2012 Buy Providence and Buy Art campaigns which encourage support for Providence-based artists and locally-owned businesses. Led by the city’s departments of Economic Development and Arts, Culture + Tourism, the programs will be promoted through free “Buy Providence” and “Buy Art” window decals and stickers.

Visit the city’s website or for more information. Also, help the Mayor kick of the season at the city’s tree lighting ceremony at the Bank of America City Center on December 1st!