Downtown Roanoke offering limited free parking for holiday shoppers

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - Starting this Tuesday you'll be able to park for free in Downtown Roanoke garages on Tuesdays.

Downtown Roanoke Incorporated is covering your parking fees through the holiday season. Marketing Specialist for Downtown Roanoke, Jamie Clark, said they want to encourage people to shop and eat downtown on what is typically a slower day.

And, she said, local businesses are appreciative, especially as the city knows local perception of parking is not always a positive one.

"I feel like it's really a perception issue that people aren't really comfortable with or know where to park. So I think anything we can do to let people know that it easy, there is a ton of parking and it's often free, especially on the weekends and in the evenings," Clark said. "So I think are retailers are excited that we're offering that program for them."

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. you can park in the Campbell, Center in the Square, Church Ave and Tower garages.