Breck to beef up parking enforcement
BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Police Department will beef up its parking enforcement this winter to encourage a consistent turnover of parking spots for those doing business in Breckenridge.Part of the plan will involve increasing the number of parking management staff to three and having them on the streets seven days a week year-round.Additionally, pay parking begins today in the Tiger Dredge and F-lots adjacent to the Riverwalk Center, and continues until mid-April when the Breckenridge Ski Resort closes. The hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and the rates are $2 an hour with a maximum of $8 all day.This year, the pay meter boxes offer a new feature allowing people to purchase an all-day pass with the push of a button.As was the case last winter, the meters accept coins, Visa and MasterCard. Drivers must place the paper ticket received from the meter upward on the dashboard so parking staff can read the times.A variety of free lots exist around town, as well, including the Barney Ford lot at Washington and Ridge streets, the Courthouse lot at North Ridge and Lincoln streets, East Sawmill behind the Gold Pan Restaurant and Bar, French Street lot behind Colorado Mountain College, Ice House in the alley behind the 100 block of South Main Street, Klack Placer west of Carter Park, Lower and Upper Exchange at South Ridge and Lincoln streets, Tonopah behind La Cima Mall and the Wellington lot at Main Street and Wellington Road.Overnight parking is offered at the Valleybrook lot at Highway 9 and Valleybrook Road north of town. Those wishing to park overnight need to obtain a permit at town hall at 150 Ski Hill Road. Those who have indulged a little too much can obtain a patron parking pass from participating bars and restaurants. This enables them to park their vehicles overnight without getting towed.Business owners or employees can use the free Ice Rink Commuter Permit program that allows them to park for free at the Stephen C. West Ice Rink on Boreas Pass Road and take the Free Ride bus into town to work.This fall, the town implemented a few route changes to the Free Ride system. Most of the changes are minor, although bus riders are encouraged to check schedules posted at each stop.For information, visit http://www.townofbreckenridge.com or call Jennifer Williams at (970) 547-3122 or Jim Benkelman at (970) 547-3153.
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