'First-hour free' parking will end in downtown Clarksville Oct. 1; city to implement new rates

Posted at 2:29 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 15:29:55-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The City of Clarksville is changing the parking rate system downtown, which includes ending the first-hour free program.

On October 1, downtown visitors must pay $1 for the first hour of parking and $2 for every additional hour up to three hours.

In July, the Parking Commission voted to set new parking rates for the 196 metered spaces downtown.

For the past five years, the metered spaces allowed visitors to park for one hour free in attempt to bring more shoppers to downtown.

The city said problems with the meters and sensors caused outages, which brought on parking enforcement challenges.

Parking enforcement officers will be handing out fliers with information on the new rates in the weeks ahead. The meters will also display messages about the rate change.