Free 2-hour Holiday Parking

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Hunter street with holiday lighting

Peterborough, ON – Beginning Friday, November 25, visitors to downtown Peterborough can enjoy free two-hour holiday parking at all downtown municipal parking spaces, including on-street parking, municipal parking lots, the King Street Parking Garage and the Simcoe Street Parking Garage.

The free two-hour holiday parking program continues until December 31, 2022 to encourage people to do their holiday shopping locally and to help raise money to support Kawartha Food Share.

Parking fees that are voluntarily paid at pay-and-display machines, parking meters or via the HotSpot App during the free two-hour period will be donated to Kawartha Food Share, which currently assists more than 8,900 people each month through its 36 member agencies, including meal programs and food banks.

The promotion is sponsored by Wolfe Personal Injury Lawyers.

“It’s more important than ever to support and shop local. Wolfe Lawyers will continue to invest in local opportunities which give back to the citizens of our great community. Wolfe Lawyers proudly sponsor “the gift of parking” to let you enjoy our many great stores and restaurants during the holiday season, and we encourage people to support Kawartha Food Share with some form of donation to help those in need in our community,” said, Bill Wolfe, of Wolfe Lawyers.

“A return to in-person experiences this holiday not only lifts our own spirits, but lifts community when we can share meaningfully with those who need it most. Come downtown to support local businesses, park free and help Kawartha Food Share bring food to homes this season. Thanks to Wolfe Lawyers and agency partners to make this gift possible for so many this year.” said Town Ward Councillor Joy Lachica.

“I always get excited when free parking comes back to mark the holiday season. There’s a great sense of vibrancy downtown right now – so many new and interesting places to explore. Free parking makes it easy to grab a coffee, to make a quick stop during the seasonal rush, and especially to support local businesses. Let's also remember that making a donation to Kawartha Food Share at a City parking machine is a great way to support those dealing with food insecurity during the holidays. I have witnessed first-hand the impact this organization has in our community, and supporting them with a donation is such an easy way to give during this time of need,” said Town Ward Councillor Alex Bierk.

To allow for steady turn-over of on-street parking spots and convenient access to shops and restaurants, on-street parking downtown is a maximum of two hours. People who need more time are asked to park in the City’s surface lots or parking garages.