HARTFORD PARKING AUTHORITY OFFERS INCENTIVE OF COMPLIMENTARY PARKING 

Parking Ambassadors will show residents and visitors how easy it is to park in designated on-street parking spots and use the Pay-and-Display meters.

“Park On Us” program will showcase Park Easy Tips and the Downtown Hartford Park-Shop-Dine Gift Card.    

HARTFORD – Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) will offer the incentive of receiving up to two hours of complimentary parking to educate Hartford residents and visitors about how easy and affordable it is to park at the Pay-and-Display meters on Hartford streets.  Beginning November 12, HPA’s Parking Ambassadors will randomly offer parkers a complimentary stay at meters as a hospitality gesture. The program will be in effect on weekdays through December 29, 2012. While engaging with parkers, the Parking Ambassadors will demonstrate how to pay at the meter, identify signage that will ensure appropriate parking, and distribute a “Park Easy in Hartford” parking tips card.

HPA’s Parking Ambassadors will utilize the Downtown Hartford Park-Shop-Dine Gift Card to “pay” the meter.  This program sponsored by Business for Downtown Hartford (BFDH) includes more than 50 City merchants where the pre-paid card is accepted for payment (more information is available on www.hartford.com).  

Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra commented, “HPA’s Park On Us program is a another example of making Hartford easily accessible to anyone who wants to enjoy our shops, restaurants and venues or attend concerts and games.”

“Increasing public awareness and knowledge about on-street parking was a key responsibility assigned to our Parking Ambassadors when we launched this effort in summer 2012,” said Hartford Parking Authority CEO Mark K. McGovern. “This is another step we’re taking to better serve visitors and residents of the Capital City, as well as deliver our message of how easy and affordable parking is on City streets.”

“This is a perfect opportunity for Business for Downtown Hartford’s member businesses to partner with HPA to promote the Park-Shop-Dine Gift Card and demonstrate the best of what our City has to offer,” commented BFDH Board President T.J. Clynch.       

Convenient parking is considered essential to Hartford’s economic and community development.  HPA’s Parking Ambassadors are visible on Hartford streets from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, to assist parkers with making change for the Pay-and-Display Stations, provide directions, answer questions, and more. Parking Ambassadors also enforce metered and regulated parking. This helps downtown businesses by creating more curbside availability for short-term visitors and deliveries during weekdays. Longer-term parkers (those who want to park for longer than two hours) are invited to park at HPA garages, which will open up more spaces on the streets.  When legally parked, on-street parking in Hartford is free after 6:00 p.m. weeknights and on weekends (Please be sure to take note of any limitations noted by signage in close proximity to the selected on-street space).

About the Hartford Parking Authority

Accessible and safe parking is considered essential to Hartford’s economic and community development.  The Hartford Parking Authority (HPA) is responsible for making that vision a reality and focuses on constant improvement. The HPA oversees metered and regulated parking spaces on Hartford streets, as well as operates and maintains the City-owned parking facilities.  These include the Church Street Garage, MAT Garage, Morgan Street Garage, and Hartford Public Library parking deck. 

For more information, contact the Hartford Parking Authority at 860.527.7275 or visit www.hartfordparking.com.

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