Free On-Street Parking on Atlantic Avenue Begins Nov. 1

The Free Parking Program will run through Saturday, March 31, 2019

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

​Free parking along Atlantic Avenue during the shoulder season will now be offered annually following last winter's successful pilot program. Starting Nov. 1, 2018 and running through March 31, 2019, motorists may park free of charge for two-hour increments from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week on the western side of Atlantic Ave. Except for the blocks between 10th and 11th Streets and 21st and 22nd Streets, the on-street parking will be available from 6th to 25th Streets. 

Note that from Nov. 1 to Dec. 30, parking in spaces south of 15th Street will be limited to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in order to accommodate queuing for Holiday Lights at the Beach.

The Strategic Growth Areas (SGA) Office initiated the pilot last February.

"This came about as a result of input from visitors and business who wanted to take advantage of greater flexibility during the off-season," said Kathy Warren, director of the SGA Office. "We tested it and gathered a lot of input from various stakeholders. Most people were pleased to have free, convenient access to retail shops and restaurants and that's why we've moved to do this every year during the off season." 

Staff followed up last year's pilot project with a public survey. Results indicated that more than a quarter of respondents utilized free parking during the pilot program and nearly three quarters of respondents (73%) thought free parking on Atlantic Avenue during the off season was a good idea.

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