Parking is now free downtown on Saturdays through the end of December.
Kamloops city council approved on Tuesday a request from the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association to waive fees for on-street parking and off-street city lots.
The goal is to encourage shopping downtown through the holiday season.
“This initiative has been very well received and appreciated by the community in the years past,” KCBIA executive director Carl DeSantis wrote to council.
The city collects about $2,000 on average in daily parking revenues.
Free parking begins this weekend and will continue for eight consecutive Saturdays, at an anticipated cost to the city of about $16,000.
The request passed eight to one. Mayor Ken Christian opposed, while councillors Dale Bass, Dieter Dudy, Sadie Hunter, Mike O’Reilly, Bill Sarai, Kathy Sinclair, Arjun Singh and Denis Walsh.
It appears efforts are being made to more clearly promote the initiative this year.
Last year, the city’s bylaws department collected more than $4,000 by kiosk and mobile payment during free Saturdays through Dec. 1 because they were poorly marked.
City of Kamloops community and protective services director Byron McCorkell said bags will be placed over the kiosks this year.
Free parking concludes Dec. 28.