Nighttime, weekend parking still free in Green Bay

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- The City of Green Bay can rest easy, as nighttime and weekend parking will continue to be free for the foreseeable future.

Last week, Action 2 News reported the city was considering a change, that would charge for nighttime and weekend parking in Green Bay’s downtown.

At a City Council meeting Tuesday night, alders nixed that plan in just a few minutes.

At last week’s Improvement and Services Committee meeting, Action 2 News heard comments from many concerned residents, worried that paying for weekend or evening parking would hinder downtown businesses.

Director of Public Works Steve Grenier says the money from the night and weekend parking would have gone toward future parking plans, like the $36 million ramp the city hopes to build.

That’s why the Department is planning another parking study, to be completed in the next two to three years.

“Has the industry changed again? Are there other things we should be looking forward to? And potentially should we be looking a little bit closer at getting a new candidate site for a replacement ramp, for when the Main Street ramp goes away,” Grenier told Action 2 News crews at the City Council meeting.

He says the Main Street ramp will need to be replaced in about 15 years. Right now, the city is actively looking for another site to build that ramp.