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Free parking could end in City of Tonawanda parks

Parking is free parking throughout all of the City of Tonawanda, but Common Council is talking about changing that.

Council members this week met with representatives from Park Mobile to discuss an app that would allow them to charge fees for parking.

If a parking fee were instituted, the first priority would be Niawanda and Veterans parks, councilors agreed.

Visitors make up the majority of park users, but city residents pay for the cleanup costs – which have been increasing, First Ward Councilman Charles Gilbert said.

The app allows the city to give free or reduced rates to residents and raise fees for special events, Charley DeBow of Park Mobile said. The app also allows users to pay for parking via a smartphone or an 800 number.

Councilors plan to hold a public presentation before a decision is made.


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