November 21, 2014
PORTSMOUTH - The City Council has authorized the traditional free holiday parking period at downtown Portsmouth meters from Monday, December 15, 2014 through Friday, January 2, 2015. Meter enforcement will restart on Saturday, January 3, 2015.
The City Council has authorized the Parking and Transportation Division to forego parking meter collection enforcement during the holiday period. However, Parking Enforcement Officers will continue to enforce the posted time limits at the metered spaces. As always, other parking violations also will be ticketed, such as unauthorized parking in handicapped spaces or in loading zones.
The meters will display cards inside the meter window that say: "Season's Greetings - Free Parking" and indicate the time limit for that parking space.
Holiday shoppers and visitors wishing to spend time more time downtown than is allowed on the meters are encouraged to use the High-Hanover Parking Garage at 34 Hanover Street for $1.00 per hour. Residents may also park for free in the Garage on Sundays.
Several downtown merchants belong to the Downtown Parking Validation Program that allows them to provide their customers with up to four hours of free parking at the High-Hanover Garage. Participating merchants display a blue sticker with letter "P" in their storefront windows.