News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 11/13/2012
Subject :

Downtown Parking Restrictions in Palo Alto Temporarily Relaxed for Holidays
Contact : Thomas Fehrenbach, Economic Development Manager    650-329-2604
Palo Alto, CA – From November 15, 2012, through January 1, 2013, parking enforcement in Palo Alto's downtown shopping district will be temporarily relaxed to allow shoppers and visitors to park up to four hours for free during the holidays in the following public City parking garages: Alma/High Streets (Garage R), Bryant/Lytton (Garages S/L), Civic Center (Garage CC), Cowper/Webster (Garage WC), and Ramona/University (Garage B) except in designated permit spaces. All-day parking permits are available from the permit machines located in the Cowper/Webster and Bryant/Lytton garages if you need to park longer than four hours.

"The Holiday Season is critical to our merchants in Downtown Palo Alto, especially those that are independently owned," said Russ Cohen, the Executive Director of the Palo Alto Downtown Business & Professional Association. "Giving the gift of more free parking to downtown visitors helps to encourage them to shop local. Shopping and dining locally helps generate the sales taxes that provide great city services. Free parking plus great shopping and dining add up to a winning holiday experience."

According to the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, “This is great news for downtown businesses as well as shoppers and visitors,” said David MacKenzie, Interim CEO/President. “All of our garages are conveniently located within a block of University Avenue, so allowing people an extra hour of parking in downtown parking garages during the holiday season gives them a chance to linger in downtown Palo Alto.”

Surface street parking and surface parking lots will maintain two-hour free parking status within the Color Zones downtown. All other parking restrictions, such as yellow and white loading zones, red and green curbs, handicap parking, permit-only parking, downtown color zone regulations, no parking signs, etc., will continue to be strictly enforced.

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