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#MeetDowntown & Enjoy Free Saturday On-Street Parking in July

On-street metered parking will be FREE in downtown Chapel Hill on Saturdays during the month of July. The dates are July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

How will you know?
About 200 spaces will be available; the meters will be bagged! These are all highly visible and desirable downtown parking spaces with convenient access for residents and visitors to shop, dine and enjoy the #SummerInChapelHill.

The three-hour limit for metered parking will be in effect and will be monitored. Parking at Town decks and surface parking lots is not included in the freebie offering. And remember…public parking is always free on Sundays! Information at

Here are the recent improvements the Town of Chapel Hill has made to downtown parking :

  • Increased on-street meter maximum time limit from 2 to 3 hours
  • Increased off-street meter maximum time limit from 4 to 10 hours
  • Converted 24 spaces to hourly parking in the West Franklin/Basnight Lot
  • Addition of 18 new hourly spaces at the Rosemary/Sunset Lot
  • Conversion of 10 spaces at 140 West to 1-hour Reserve Parking for quick access
  • Lighting Improvements in and around Wallace Deck and 140 West
  • Look Up! Improved way finding with the addition of 31 new directional signs
  • Visa, Mastercard and American Express acceptance at all meters and attended lots
  • Mobile Parking Payment Option with ParkMobile
  •  July and December Free Saturday Parking Promotions
  • Courtesy Tickets – Over 30,000 issued
  • Online Parking Ticket Payments

For more information or questions, contact Parking Services at 919-968-2835

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