By Whitney Burbank, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – The city is offering 9,000 free parking spaces every Saturday in December.

You get at least two free hours at all of the city’s metered spaces.

The incentive started on Black Friday, and goes from small business Saturday, Nov. 30, through December.

“It’s a small way of saying, ‘Come on downtown’…we’ve got all the shops you need to buy a Christmas present,” said Mayor Menino. “It works out really well for the shopping public but also for the retailers.”

The idea adds up to Boston residents like Juan Carlos Morales.

“For us it’s easy because we can walk…but parking is an aggravation downtown and any time of incentive the city can give it would be great for the businesses,” he said.

Free parking also goes far with those from out of town. “Great idea,” said Brian Bolduc of Maine. “It’d be a lot easier for everyone to come shopping.”

Parking at most Boston’s metered spots is limited to two hours. According to the city, parking meters where the time limit is four hours, vehicles may park for free for up to four hours on the allotted days.

The city asks folks to respect the time limits so as many people as possible can shop in the city.

And if you do get a parking ticket this coming Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday you can pay it with a toy.

The city will collect non-violent unwrapped toys at the Office of the Parking Clerk weekdays at City Hall as payment for your ticket.

You must bring the parking ticket and a receipt for the toy.

Visit the city’s website for more information about the Holiday Parking Incentives.



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