As they have for the past few years, the City of Penticton is giving a little gift to holiday shoppers heading downtown.
During the month of December, on-street parking will be free of charge on Saturdays. That includes Dec. 10, 17 and Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. It also includes last Saturday, Dec. 3.
Coun. Judy Sentes pointed out that the request for free parking wasn’t received from the Downtown Penticton Association until Nov. 29, meaning this was the first council meeting it could be brought to.
Bylaw supervisor Tina Siebert said the free parking would be retroactive.
“I don’t believe there were any tickets issued,” said Siebert, adding that if there were any, they would be exempt.
The free Saturday parking reflects efforts by both the city and the DPA to promote shopping local and small businesses by encourage citizens to shop downtown.
This year, Siebert noted, it also gives the city a chance to show off revitalization efforts in the 200 block and newly re-opened 100 block of Main Street.
Coun. Max Picton suggest they pre-approve the free December parking for the rest of this council’s term.
“If we approve it this year, we are probably going to approve it next year as well,” said Picton.
Picton’s motion passed unanimously.