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ITHACA, N.Y. –  In addition to finding spectacular, one-of-a-kind, high quality, handmade gifts and the latest or vintage fashions, Downtown Ithaca visitors will now have yet another fantastic reason to shop downtown for the holidays — free one-hour parking.

From Dec. 13 through Dec. 22, visitors who shop at downtown’s many specialty shops and boutiques will receive one complimentary ticket that is redeemable for one-hour of free parking. These tickets act as a prepaid coupon that customers may use at the exit gate pay stations in the Seneca Street and Green Street parking garages. Both garages are centrally located near The Ithaca Commons, and within 2-3 blocks of all shops downtown. Of note, this one-hour of free parking deal excludes the street level parking lot underneath Green Street Garage and the Cayuga Street Garage. Those are either not city-owned or city-operated parking areas. 

To use the parking voucher, visitors simply need to insert the ticket into the pay station at the garage exit. Once the one-hour fee is deducted, customers are responsible to pay for any remaining balance. Please note the vouchers can only be credited toward a parking fee using the automated pay stations at the exit gate and these machines only accept credit or debit card to pay the remaining balance. These specific pay stations do not accept cash.

If a customer already prepaid for their parking inside the garage, they are able to use the voucher during their next downtown visitor as long as they return on or before Dec. 22. After Dec. 22, the tickets will no longer be valid.

This special free one-hour parking gift comes to the visitors compliments of Downtown Ithaca and the City of Ithaca.

“This is our way of saying thank you to our shoppers for their patronage throughout the year,” says Gary Ferguson, executive director for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.

City of Ithaca Parking Director Frank Nagy adds, “This is a great partnership. We wish everyone a happy holiday.”

As a friendly reminder, parking in Downtown Ithaca is free on the weekdays after 8 p.m. and free all day on Saturdays and Sundays (unless there is a special event), so shoppers only need to use the one-hour free parking vouchers for day-time parking.