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Free P season returns to Downtown Burlington Dec. 1

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Please see the media release issued by the City of Burlington below.

Burlington, Ont.—Nov. 25, 2019— The City of Burlington is celebrating the arrival of the holiday season with free parking (Free P) in downtown Burlington parking lots and on-street spaces throughout the month of December.

Now in its seventh year, the Free P program allows visitors to park in on-street parking spaces at no cost for up to three hours and, in municipal parking lots or the parking garage at 414 Locust St. with no maximum time limit. Free parking overnight in municipal lots is also permitted.

“With free parking offered throughout the month, December is the perfect time of year to get into the holiday spirit by exploring all the shops, restaurants and special events that make downtown a great place to visit, live and work.” — Vito Tolone, Director of Transportation

Motorists with downtown parking permits are reminded to continue to park in their assigned parking lot throughout the month of December to maximize the number of parking spaces available for visitors and holiday shoppers.

Quick Facts

  • The City of Burlington provides 1,500 municipal parking spaces in downtown Burlington.
  • Free parking is also offered year-round in the downtown, Monday to Friday after 6 p.m. and all-day Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

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I’m so glad we’re able to offer this program to residents and visitors to Burlington to encourage folks to head to our downtown during the holidays to experience our beautiful waterfront and Lakeside Festival of Lights, and the amazing and unique shops and restaurants we have to offer.

*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.

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2 thoughts on “Free P season returns to Downtown Burlington Dec. 1”

  1. Thank you for once again offering free parking downtown for December. While we should all be taking the bus, the practicality of that happening right now is slim. This encourages folk to come downtown and utilize our restaurants and shops, who suffer in the winter months, not to mention the beauty of the light display at Spencer Smith Park. Seeing young families with their kids wide eyed makes me so proud that we can, and do, offer so much in our city free of charge.
    God bless all our counsellors and staff.
    Merry Christmas.

  2. At a time where tough budgetary choices need to be made, and we face a climate emergency which requires 50% decline in carbon emissions worldwide over the next decade, this is one program that should seriously be revisited in this term of Council. Should we be encouraging more employees, shoppers and residents to drive their cars downtown by providing a special subsidy for the cost of storing their vehicles? Is the scarcity of parking downtown made worse by the decision to provide it without cost to users? Could there be a better way to incentivize people to leave their cars at home instead of creating traffic congestion when coming to or through downtown?

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