CONTACT: Kenya Smith, Director of Operations, 860.527.7275,

HARTFORD – November 21, 2017 –The City of Hartford and the Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) have joined efforts to support and promote Hartford’s annual Winterfest. HPA has modified metered parking regulations in specific areas of the City and the posted parking time restrictions on the streets surrounding Bushnell Park from Friday, November 24, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018.

The specific street locations with free daytime metered parking during Winterfest are:

  • Elm Street from Trinity Street to Hudson Street
  • Trinity Street from Elm Street to Jewell Street
  • Jewell Street from Trinity Street to Trumbull Street

The parking modification details during Winterfest are:

  • No-parking from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. restrictions on Trinity Street will be lifted for the duration of Winterfest from Friday, November 24, 2017 through Sunday, January 7, 2018. (Restriction remains in effect on Elm Street)
  • As always, when legally parked, on-street parking in the City of Hartford is free after 6:00 p.m. on weeknights and all day on weekends
  • Parkers are reminded to take note of any limitations noted by signage in close proximity to selected on-street spaces

Additional free off-street parking is available after 5:00 p.m. at the State of Connecticut surface parking lots located on West Street and along Capitol Avenue, which provide visitors with easy access to the ice skating rink.

Additional paid off-street parking is available near Pulaski Circle.

Winterfest attractions include the ice skating rink by the Pump House in Bushnell Park and a traditional holiday lighting display that extends to the Bushnell Park Carousel. Free ice skating and skate rentals will be available seven days a week during the season.

“As a part of revitalizing the City, HPA encourages and welcomes everyone to go out and enjoy Hartford and all that downtown has to offer during the holidays,” said Kenya Smith, Director of Operations for Hartford Parking Authority.  “HPA has been in support of traditions that bring residents and visitors together in the City, especially during the holidays with lots of local events, activities and business participation. HPA has removed the weekday afternoon parking restrictions on Trinity Street so visitors can enjoy safe and convenient parking closer to the skating rink and the holiday lighting display,” Kenya adds.

About the Hartford Parking Authority
The Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) meets the needs of parkers Citywide by consistently providing convenient and affordable parking, and strives to be a leader by incorporating parking industry best practices and actively partnering with the City of Hartford in promoting economic and community development.  The HPA oversees metered and regulated parking spaces on Hartford streets, as well as operates and maintains the City-owned MAT Garage.  For more information, contact the Hartford Parking Authority at 860.527.7275 or visit

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