'First-hour free' parking in Downtown Clarksville will not end in October

Posted at 2:23 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-18 15:23:51-04

CLARKVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Clarksville Parking Commission voted to restore the first-hour free parking program Downtown that was scheduled to end October 1.

The commission originally voted in July to end the program due to ongoing problems with the meters and sensors.

Complaints from downtown visitors and business owners lead to the commission reconsidering the change.

"After speaking with Mayor Pitts, downtown business owners, other downtown leaders, and citizens who frequent downtown, I believe the Parking Commission acted prematurely in abolishing the one-hour free parking program," said Commission Chairman Allen Senseney. "I know there have been problems with the meters, but I think we can, as a body, come up with a better solution than to eliminate such a popular program."

The city said parking rates will remain first-hour free and each additional hour will be $2 up to three hours total.