Free parking is more than a square on a Monopoly board.
On a request from Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, City council approved free downtown parking from 5-8 p.m., Aug. 22-Sept. 2, in support of a tourism development initiative called Alive After Five.
“The intent is to breathe life into the downtown,” said Mayor Peter Milobar. “The hope is that we would not enforce or charge for parking.”
KCBIA has already enlisted support from merchants willing to keep their doors open to ensure that tourists feel welcome after regular business hours.
“I think this is a great idea,” said Coun. Tina Lange.
Coun. Ken Christian said he doesn’t generally favour such requests: “I do think this is different in the context of a trial, and a trial well worth exploring.”
Milobar said the loss of parking revenues should have a minimal impact on City finances.