Mayor Smiley Announces Free Holiday Parking, Encourages Residents to Shop Local

 Mayor Smiley Announces Free Holiday Parking, Encourages Residents to Shop Local
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PROVIDENCE, RI– Mayor Brett P. Smiley today announced the upcoming return of complimentary two-hour shopping in Providence business corridors during the holiday season.  The program runs from Friday, November 24, 2023 through Monday, January 1, 2024.  

“This holiday season and throughout the year, we can make a tremendous impact on the livelihood of the many businesses owners who make Providence such an incredible place to live, work, and visit,” said Mayor Smiley. “I encourage you to explore our neighborhoods and to shop small and local for your holiday gifts.” 



Complimentary parking will be available in the following commercial districts: 


·         Atwells Avenue – Bradford Street to Knight Street 

·         Spruce Street – Dean Street to Acorn Street 

·         Dean Street – Atwells Ave to West Exchange Street 

·         Acorn Street – Spruce Street to Atwells Avenue 

·         Bradford Street – Atwells Avenue to Jones Street 

·         Bond Street – Atwells Avenue to Spruce Street 

·         Broad Street – Public Street to Montgomery Street 

·         Downtown Providence – bounded by Fountain Street, Memorial Boulevard, Weybosset Street, Empire Street and Friendship Street (from Dyer Street to Dorrance Street) 

·         Hope Street – Rochambeau Avenue to Blackstone Boulevard 

·         North Main Street – Thomas Street to Park Row 

·         Olneyville Square – Route 10 to Sydney Street and Delaine Street to Atwood Street to Magnolia Street 

·         South Main Street – James Street to Packet Street 

·         Point St – From Eddy to East Franklin St 

·         Thayer Street – Bowen Street to Waterman Street 

·         Wayland Square – East Angell Street/Angell Street to Gano Street and Wayland Avenue from Angell Street to Pitman Street 

·         Wickenden/Ives – Wickenden Street at Benefit Street to Ives Street at Preston Street 


The holiday parking program is designed to make it easier for shoppers to visit local businesses. While parking meter violations will not be issued during free 2-hour parking in the specified districts, 2-hour parking limits will be enforced to allow all residents to take advantage of the campaign. 

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