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City of Grand Junction approved free parking downtown for holiday season

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - To promote holiday cheer and shopping convenience for all, the City of Grand Junction will once again host free parking downtown from Thanksgiving (Nov. 22) through New Year's Day.City spokeswoman Sam Rainguet said council members have approved free holiday parking downtown "for at least 20 years." This action is meant as a goodwill gesture to promote holiday shopping and enjoyment of all kinds in downtown GJ."Parking will be free at all downtown metered spaces, and signed parking with the exceptions of loading, no parking, handicapped, and unbagged meter spaces surrounding government offices," a City of GJ press release said.Free holiday parking will also include the first floor of the Rood Avenue parking structure, and free metered parking spaces will be well-marked with red plastic bags.Government-office areas and shared-revenue lots are not free, however.Seasonal light installations have already started around town as well.The annual Downtown Wells Fargo Tree Lighting event is currently scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16. The event will be held in front of Wells Fargo Bank at the corner of Fourth and Main streets.Downtown Development spokeswoman Kathy Dirks said, "entertainment starts at 5 p.m. and then Santa lights the tree at about 5:45 p.m. At the same time, all holiday lights up and down Main Street will come on. Most stores will have their holiday windows done by then, too."Dirks also noted that Main Street's holiday lights are the result of a partnership between the City of Grand Junction's parks department and the DDA. "I think people will notice more lights this year," Rainguet added.

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