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Why do downtown Wilmington parking decks charge when metered parking is free, such as nights and holidays?

Calvin Shomaker

Wilmington’s downtown parking decks charge at night while meter parking is free after 6:30 p.m. for a number of reasons.

“In general, on-street parking meters create turnover in places downtown that are in high demand,” said city of Wilmington parking manager Chance Dunbar. The streetside meters are for timeliness and convenience, whereas the off-street parking decks are for longer durations.

“The parking decks charge evening and overnight rates to supplement the costs of staff that work seven days a week,” said Dunbar, who has managed parking in Wilmington for 11 years.

Dunbar said money made from parking decks pays for 24-hour security services and the costs of building debt.

Four parking decks downtown are located on Second Street, on Market Street, on Water Street and at the New Hanover County Library. All parking decks are open 24-7 and offer hourly, daily and monthly parking options.

The 800 metered spaces downtown charge $1.25 an hour 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Metered parking is free on holidays observed by the city.

For information on parking in the city of Wilmington, contact Chance Dunbar at (910)-342-2786 or visit wilmingtonnc.gov.

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