CH changes dates of its November free parking weekend
The City of Cleveland Heights has changed its free parking weekend for the month of November. The new dates are Friday, Nov. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 1. The new dates correspond with the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.
“I think the consensus was to capitalize on early shopping and gathering with friends and family,” said Kelley Robinson, director of the Cedar Lee Special Improvement District, in an e-mail. “Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday and many households will have extended guests in town due to Thanksgiving.”
During a free parking weekend, parking is free wherever there is a meter: on the street, in city parking lots and in city parking garages.
The city began the program in the summer of 2012 as a way to make it easier for shoppers to patronize merchants in the city’s business districts. The program was so popular with merchants that the city extended the program into the fall of 2012 and then extended it again throughout 2013.
During 2013, dates for the free parking weekends were set for the last full weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) of each month because the last weekend of the month is generally slower for merchants than other times. Merchants asked the city to consider changing the dates that were originally set for November, to enable them to take better advantage of the beginning of shopping season after the Thanksgiving holiday.
In January, Mayor Ed Kelley had said that although the weekends cost the city an average of $1,600 in meter revenues per day, they free police officers from writing tickets, and give them a chance to attend to other duties.
The city posts signs at the city’s parking garages and parking lots to remind visitors and residents that they may park at no charge during the designated weekend.
Calls to city officials were not returned as of press time.
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.