In November 2017, the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and the City of Grand Junction recommended a plan to City Council that would discontinue free holiday parking in downtown, but instead contribute 50% of total parking proceeds over the holidays to the United Way of Mesa County. City Council authorized that plan and the proceeds of $14,168 were presented to United Way during the regular February 21 City Council meeting.
Free holiday parking was not offered this past holiday season for the first time in eighteen years due to continuing concerns about long-term parkers taking unfair advantage of the convenience by parking in spots that were intended to serve shoppers and visitors.
Following the 2017 holiday shopping season, the Downtown BID surveyed Downtown merchants to assess sales activity and most respondents indicated their business was up over the same period in 2016.
Mayor Rick Taggart stated, “I appreciate that although free parking was discontinued we were able to come up with such a positive alternative plan. We should all feel proud that this donation will be used for the benefit of many in our community through the great programs and services of United Way. I also want to thank the Downtown shoppers, merchants and visitors who are the reason this donation was possible.”
United Way Executive Director Julie Hinkson added, “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Downtown Business Improvement District, Downtown merchants, and the Grand Junction City Council for selecting United Way of Mesa County as the recipient of a share of the holiday parking meter revenue. These funds will be used to continue our mission to fight for the health, education and self-reliance of every person in Mesa County.”
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