City solicits public comment on paid parking proposal for Forsyth Park

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The City of Savannah will hold a public meeting next week to present a new proposal to install paid parking at Forsyth Park.

The meeting is April 24 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Civic Center's O'Connor Room.

The proposal from City staff suggests implementing a new parking charge of $1 per hour in three locations in Forsyth Park that have been free of charge: the Drayton Street Café lot, the Park Avenue Tennis Court lot and the angled spaces on the park-side of Park Avenue.

Parking would be enforced Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., beginning in July 2018, in accordance with new parking measures already instituted north of that area.

"Revenue generated in the first year will be used to cover the initial cost of the meters and other ancillary start-up costs," says a City spokesperson.

"Additional revenue will be used to maintain park facilities (including the Band Shell, Café building and restrooms), provide additional police patrols and install a public restroom at the south end of the park, and to upgrade the band shell lighting," the spokesperson says.

The City says that spaces in the Forsyth lots are often occupied by vehicles that are parked there all day long, and sometimes for days.

"Residents and members of the business community are encouraged to attend and to share any feedback or concerns about the proposed changes."

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