County Executive & Mayor Announce Complimentary Holiday Season Weekend Parking, Extended Hours at Washington St. Garage

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City Owned Parking Garage Will Remain Open on Weekends to Provide Safe & Convenient Parking for Patrons of Armory Square & Downtown Businesses During Trolley Lot Closure Beginning This Holiday Season

Syracuse, NY – Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner announced today that the County and the City are partnering to provide complimentary parking in the City owned Washington Street Garage on Saturdays and Sundays and after 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through the holiday season to address the closure of the Trolley Lot due to construction. This will begin Friday, Nov. 25 and go through New Year’s Day to accommodate Armory Square merchants, restaurants and shoppers throughout the holiday season. The City and County will also be offering extended weekend hours through the duration of construction on the Trolley Lot.

Currently, the garage is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. and closed on Saturdays and Sundays, with regular rates applying. Starting Friday, the garage will be open seven days a week: Monday through Wednesday from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Thursday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 3 a.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 a.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. until midnight. Parking will be free all day Saturdays and Sundays, as well as after 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays from Friday, Nov. 25 through Jan.1, 2012. Regular rates will apply at all other times.

In September, Onondaga County announced the closure of the 700 space parking lot adjacent to the Museum of Science and Technology in order to build a six million gallon stormwater storage system as part of the County’s Save the Rain program. In an effort to mitigate the loss of this parking area, the City and the County plan to enter into an agreement that will open the Washington Street Garage through construction of the Trolley Lot stormwater storage facility.

“Armory Square is a vibrant, spirited and fun area to shop, eat and celebrate during the holiday season. Through this agreement with the City, we are working together to show our appreciation to the many businesses in and around Armory Square that are supporting our efforts to clean up Onondaga Lake,” said County Executive Mahoney. “While opening the Washington Street Garage will solve the parking issues during construction, it is important to also remember the bigger picture – we are avoiding the eyesore of a sewage treatment plant in Armory Square which is a victory for everyone.”

“I am pleased we will be able to offer this amenity to Armory Square patrons, particularly during the holiday season,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “This collaborative effort will allow the County to advance its nationally recognized Save the Rain program, while making it even more convenient for people to visit and enjoy downtown Syracuse.”

“We are thrilled that the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County have partnered to expand parking options for downtown Syracuse visitors,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. “It’s easier than ever to come and enjoy all downtown Syracuse has to offer.”

“I support the County Executive’s Save the Rain efforts to help reduce the stormwater overflow into Onondaga Creek. Every step of the way, the County has been there to ensure that it’s business as usual in the Square,” said Armory Square Association President Tony Ortega. “We are grateful to the County and City for providing free parking in the Washington Street Garage. Its close proximity to Armory Square will make it an ideal place for our patrons to park and visit their favorite shops and restaurants throughout this holiday season.”

The Washington Street Garage is accessible from Washington Street, west of Franklin Street, or from West Water Street. Armory Square is one block from the Washington Street entrance and is accessible from the recently opened Onondaga Creekwalk.

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