New Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown says he’s willing to look into the issue of downtown parking.
Many would like to see free parking in the downtown however Brown believes city council would agree to providing free parking at certain times of the year.
That would mean parking meters would stay in place.
The Mayor says a lot of discussion would be needed within council and with other stakeholders including businesses in the city. He also points out that parking fees generate a lot of money for the city.
The City of Charlottetown is expected to make $1.2 million off parking in the 2018-19 budget year.
It made over $968-thousand off parking in 2017.
There are also three parkades in the city.
The City of Summerside has free parking its it downtown but motorists are restricted to 2 hours and extended hours in December.
There was free parking in December in 2001 and again in 2003 during the Christmas season in Charlottetown.