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Dine in Aspen, park for free

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN , Colorado ” Downtown parking spots are blissfully easy to come by during the spring offseason in Aspen. Now, they can come free, too, for those who shop and dine in town.

The city and Aspen Chamber Resort Association unveiled an offseason stimulus package of sorts on Thursday. The Dine-Shop-Park program is intended to benefit local merchants by encouraging consumers to spend money dining and shopping in Aspen during the spring offseason.

Anyone who spends $50 on taxable items at area businesses ” excluding groceries and pharmaceuticals ” can collect four parking tokens that can be plugged into the downtown meters.

The parking tokens are each worth $1 of parking time in the downtown core, which means one hour of parking requires two tokens. All four tokens would buy two hours of parking.

Customers are limited to 24 parking tokens per week. The program ends June 12 ” the last day sales receipts can be redeemed for parking tokens.

Those taking advantage of the program must bring their original sales receipts to one of the three visitor centers in Aspen (the ACRA offices at 425 Rio Grande Place, the Wheeler Opera House or on the mall at Galena and Cooper) and fill out a voucher form recording their name, date, sales amount and number of tokens issued.

The tokens are not valid for use at the city’s Rio Grande Parking Garage.

Downtown parking during the offseason is, incidentally, free on Saturdays and Sundays. On weekdays, paid parking in the core costs $2 for the first hour, $2 for the second hour, $3 for the third hour and $4 for the fourth hour. In other words, plugging a meter for four hours costs $11. Evening parking is free.

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