Councilor Proposes Gift of Free Parking to Downtown Holiday Shoppers

A Haverhill city councilor proposes temporary free parking in the Washington Street historic district downtown during the holiday shopping season.

Councilor Joseph J. Bevilacqua will ask his City Council colleagues to consider a reprieve from paid parking during December, on streets and at city-owned metered lots in the area of Washington and Essex streets and Railroad Square, the so-called Washington Square Historic District. He said the move would “promote downtown shopping.”

The Haverhill City Council meets Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. Council Chambers at Haverhill City Hall.

3 thoughts on “Councilor Proposes Gift of Free Parking to Downtown Holiday Shoppers

  1. I agree with Joe B. Free parking would be nice. However I can’t but wonder what they would shop for., Free parking would give the train commuters more spaces to use for the day, as well as the down town merchants and there employees.Working with the two chambers might bring some retail merchants downtown for future years. The major retailers are in strip malls or have their own parking lots. Other than stamps , lunch, hair cuts or maybe a beer or coffee there isn’t much left to “shop for in downtown Haverhill,

  2. How noble – letting us, the ‘commoners’ park for free. I’ll tell you what Councillor Bevilacqua- stick your free parking where the sun doesn’t shine.

    I park for free all the time in Salem NH ( plus no sales tax!) and at the Loop in Methuen.