Providence now offering free two-hour parking in business corridors through July 31

Beginning Friday, Providence will offer free two-hour parking in designated commercial districts through July 31.
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PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Beginning Friday, Providence will offer free two-hour parking in designated commercial districts through July 31.

A Providence spokesperson says businesses can also apply to repurpose parking spaces adjacent to their business. These spaces could be used as take-out spaces for streamline pick-up, delivery services, or to increase outdoor dining space.

“We know that our restaurants and small businesses are going to great lengths to reopen safely for customers and that comes with new challenges,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “We want to support those establishments and folks visiting them by making it as easy as possible to do business.”

Businesses can apply to use up to two legal parking spaces directly outside of their establishment as designated take-out spaces for up to 15 minutes by customers. The application is free and upon approval, the city says establishments will be provided with signage for their designated spaces.

Establishments are encouraged by the city to continue registering for outdoor dining and extensions of premises applications.

The City will also offer up to two hours of free parking in designated commercial districts throughout Providence. Two hours of free parking will be offered every day from 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. beginning Friday through July 31 in the following commercial districts:

* Atwells Avenue – Bradford Street to Knight Street
* Spruce Street – Dean Street to Acorn Street
* Dean Street – Atwells Avenue 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 Street – From Eddy to East Franklin Street
* 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

While parking meter violations will not be issued during free two-hour parking in the specified districts, parking time limits will be enforced, the city says.

Providence has set up a webpage dedicated to more information on support for small businesses that the city is offering.

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