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Mayor offers free holiday parking

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GREENFIELD — The mayor is once again celebrating the holiday season downtown by offering free parking from now until Dec. 29 in all of the town’s kiosk lots.

“It is my intention to assist the downtown business owners in making holiday shopping a pleasant and festive experience for those who come to Greenfield,” said Mayor William Martin.

The tradition of offering free parking started with former Mayor Christine Forgey, who offered free holiday parking throughout the downtown.

Martin said the purpose of free parking is to encourage shoppers to stay in Greenfield to shop.

The free parking does not include metered spaces along Main Street, Federal Street or other side streets. Free parking is only in the following municipal lots: American Legion off Wells Street, Ames Street, behind the Wilson’s lot, the fire station, Fiske Street, Hope Street, Miles Street, Olive Street, Pleasant Street, and behind Town Hall.

Martin said experience has shown that when free parking is offered in metered spaces, they become occupied by employees of downtown stores and offices, which is contrary to the needs of store owners for rapid turnover in the storefront areas.

As always, handicapped parking is free and allowed in all spaces, as long as the driver has proper vehicle identification, said Martin.

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