Spend­ing time in the city just got eas­ier

The Tribune (NZ) - - SQUARE CIRCULAR -

At the be­gin­ning of the month, all day park­ing in me­tered spa­ces was in­tro­duced around the city cen­tre. This means you can park in the same me­tered space for as long as you like, pro­vided you pay. The year-long trial runs un­til July 2017 and fol­lows a suc­cess­ful trial ear­lier in the year which saw the two hour time limit ex­tended to three hours.

“Palmer­ston North is a draw­card for shop­pers in the wider cen­tral North Is­land. We want to make their whole ex­pe­ri­ence - in­clud­ing park­ing - an even more pos­i­tive one,” says Mayor Grant Smith. “We had a great re­sponse to the three hour trial and are re­ally look­ing for­ward to re­ceiv­ing feed­back about the in­tro­duc­tion of all day park­ing. We’re con­fi­dent it’s go­ing to bring more peo­ple into Palmer­ston North and make our cen­tral city even more vi­brant.” Al­ready the re­sponse from re­tail­ers around the city cen­tre to the all day park­ing trial has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive, with vis­i­tors and res­i­dents also ex­press­ing their sup­port. It’s ex­pected that all day park­ing will be an es­pe­cially big hit at Christ­mas when peo­ple come to the city from all over the re­gion to shop and go to events. “Christ­mas is such an im­por­tant time of year for re­tail­ers and other lo­cal busi­nesses, and we re­ally ex­pect this to give the lo­cal econ­omy an ex­tra boost.” Fol­low­ing a highly suc­cess­ful trial, free park­ing in me­tered spa­ces un­til 11am on Satur­day morn­ings is now per­ma­nent. “The ini­tia­tive pro­motes the use of our cen­tral city parks at a time on Satur­day morn­ing when fewer peo­ple are us­ing them. Peo­ple are also spend­ing more time in the cen­tral city and there has only been a small loss in park­ing rev­enue,” says Mayor Smith. All day park­ing is lo­cated around the city cen­tre and is clearly marked with new sig­nage and up­dated pay­ment in­for­ma­tion at the me­ter. Pay­ment can be made at the me­ter us­ing coins, text or credit card. You can choose be­tween eight dif­fer­ent pay­ment op­tions depend­ing on how long you want to stay. You can also pay us­ing the Frog­park­ing mo­bile app. This al­lows you to make pay­ments from wher­ever you are in the city so you don’t have to re­turn to your car. For more in­for­ma­tion about park­ing in the city, in­clud­ing a map show­ing the lo­ca­tion of all day parks, visit our web­site at www.pncc.govt.nz.

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