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Montgomery officials encourage residents to use free parking facilities

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Montgomery city officials are encouraging visitors and residents to use all city parking facilities, which are free to the public weekdays after 6 p.m. and all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

"We're attracting more and more visitors to downtown venues, restaurants and events, like Biscuits games and Second Saturday, and we want to encourage visitors to better utilize our free parking facilities" Montgomery Director of General Services Steve Jones said. "There's a plethora of places to park; it's just a lot of people, if they can't see where they're wanting to go, they think it's an awful long way from where they're parking their car, and we want them to understand it's just not that far."

With new events and venues in the downtown area of Montgomery, there has been an increase in traffic. Even with the increase of traffic, officials say that there is plenty of parking available including a parking deck, which contains 2,500 spaces, located next to Riverwalk stadium.

"Let's just say mathematically if we have about 6,000 people that come to an event over the course of the day, starting at noon until 8 p.m., and traveling two or three by car, I think we have ample parking spaces for people to come down here," Jones said.

Despite many misconceptions, Jones says that security is not an issue at city parking decks.

"Our decks constantly have surveillance in them. We have security that travels through the parking decks, and they are lit. We like to assure people that it is a safe place to park."

"We're happy to have everybody here, and we hope they have the best experience possible so they'll visit again," Mayor Todd Strange said. "All the commotion just means we're doing something right.

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