City extends two-hour free parking until end of year

Municipal parking lot sign on Piccadilly St. (File photo by Miranda Chant, Blackburn News)

Londoners will be able to continue to park for free for a couple of hours when visiting the downtown and Old East Village.

The City of London has announced it is extending its two-hour complimentary parking program until December 31.

Boundaries where two-hour free parking is available. Submitted by the City of London.

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The free parking initiative was first introduced last summer as a way to support businesses hard hit by the pandemic by making it easier for potential customers to visit the areas. Since then it has been used more than 50,000 times.

“We’ve heard from businesses that this parking promotion has been a useful support during the pandemic, and as we look ahead to brighter days when we can welcome more visitors to the core, the City remains committed to providing flexible and responsive support for business needs,” said Jim Yanchula, the city’s manager of core area and urban regeneration.

The complimentary parking can be accessed using code “CORE” on the Honk Mobile app and is good for both on-street and municipal parking lots. Anyone who does not have the HonkMobile app can still get the free parking by calling the city’s parking services department at 519-661-4537.

Free one-hour parking is also available along Dundas Place without a promo code and 18 short-term parking spaces have been established in the core for curbside pickup and deliveries.