MAYOR SPREADS EARLY HOLIDAY CHEER WITH FREE PARKING FOR DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY SHOPPING
(PITTSBURGH) Nov. 15, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today brought holiday cheer to Pittsburgh business owners and their customers, announcing free parking on Saturdays at all Parking Authority garages, giving a boost to Downtown's burgeoning shopping, dining and cultural scene.
(Media-Newswire.com) - ( PITTSBURGH ) Nov. 15, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today brought holiday cheer to Pittsburgh business owners and their customers, announcing free parking on Saturdays at all Parking Authority garages, giving a boost to Downtown’s burgeoning shopping, dining and cultural scene. The Pittsburgh Parking Authority ( PPA ) board this afternoon approved the Mayor’s proposed Holiday Shopper and Special Event Parking Program for the 2012 holiday season.
“During this holiday season, I want to do everything I can to help make Downtown a customer-friendly shopping and entertainment destination," Ravenstahl said. "By offering free parking, we make it possible for customers to more readily enjoy all that Downtown has to offer. The established and flourishing restaurants and businesses, old and new, in Market Square and throughout our Golden Triangle, continue to fuel Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance.”
Shoppers may park for free at any of the Parking Authority garages all day Saturday throughout the holiday season. The program begins this weekend following the 52nd Annual Light Up Night celebration and will continue through Saturday, Dec. 22.
“We are grateful to the Mayor for providing Pittsburghers with even more reasons to shop, dine and be entertained this holiday season,” said Jeremy Waldrup, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s president and CEO. “Free parking is a great way to support Downtown’s unique shopping, dining and cultural destinations.”
This free parking announcement follows Mayor Ravenstahl’s announcement yesterday of the Downtown Action Strategy, a three-year plan to revitalize the City’s downtown retail environment. Similarly, since its $5 million improvement project, Market Square has seen almost 30 new restaurants, numerous facade renovations and hundreds of new residences. The project, led by Mayor Ravenstahl, has also become a major stimulant for private investment in and around the area.
Pittsburgh Parking Authority garage locations: Oliver Avenue; Fort Duquesne and Sixth; Third Avenue; Mellon Square; Ninth and Penn; Wood/Allies; First Avenue Garage and Station; Smithfield/Liberty; Grant Street; Oakland garage at Meyran; Shadyside garage at Bellefonte.
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