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Good news: City expands free parking limits and offers free valet for holidays

| November 13, 2015, 11:45 AM | 1 Comment

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3 Hours Free Parking

free_parkingAs part of his ongoing efforts to support local business during the holiday season, Mayor Michael Pantelides announces that the city will offer  an extra hour of free parking in downtown Annapolis from November 27, 2015 through January 1, 2016. 

“After talking with local business owners, we decided to extend the free holiday parking by one hour on a trial basis,” Mayor Pantelides said. “Our goal is to accommodate the shoppers who may choose to eat after finding their holiday treasures at local retail shops.”

The three hours of free parking will be available at all bagged parking spots on Main Street, Francis Street, West Street, Maryland Avenue, Prince George Street, City Dock, and Market Space.

Please note the thirty minute meters at the base of Main Street will only offer thirty minutes of free parkingYou are not allowed to leave your car in one spot all day. The posted three hour time limit on the bag or the 30 minute time limit on the meter will be strictly enforced.

Free Valet Parking and Free Trolley

Mayor Michael Pantelides also announced that because some parking spots are unavailable during the bulkhead replacement project, holiday shoppers can take advantage of a free, three hour valet service in downtown Annapolis. 

The valet service will be offered each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Friday, November 27 through Thursday, December 24:

  • Thursdays – 4 p.m. to midnight
  • Fridays – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturdays – noon to 9 p.m.
  • Sundays – noon to 5 p.m.

Vehicles can be dropped off  at the valet tent, which will be located in Market Space.  

“You can drop and shop, then shop ‘til you drop,” Mayor Pantelides said.  “Just drop off your vehicle and go shopping or grab a bite to eat. It’s all about offering alternatives to parking in downtown Annapolis while we all work around the bulkhead project going on at City Dock.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Pantelides and City Manager Tom Andrews announce that the Circulator trolley will be free for Midnight Madness on December 3rd and 10th and during the Eleventh Hour shopping event on December 17th.  

The Circulator trolley will quickly and efficiently move holiday visitors from the city’s four parking garages (Hillman, Gott’s, Knighton and Park Place) around the Central Business District. You can catch the Circulator trolley by simply raising your hand and waving at one of the courteous drivers who will pick you up and shuttle you to the Circulator stop closest to your holiday location. 

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