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After two months of freebies, Lexington Parking Authority reinstates fees for street meters May 18

The Lexington Parking Authority announced Tuesday that after more than two months of free parking at the LEXPARK on-street meters, fees will begin again on Monday, May 18.

Beginning on May 18 and running through Friday, May 29 (the last two weeks of May) all meter revenues collected will be donated to both God’s Pantry and the Bluegrass Community Foundation’s COVID-19 response fund. This includes coins, cash, credit cards, and meters paid using the Pay by Phone app.

The Parking Authority plans to maintain its Curbside Pickup locations until further notice. These free, 15-minute spaces have proven helpful to downtown restaurants needing carry out and delivery options.

“We are glad to help in some small way these wonderful organizations,” said James H. Frazier, III, LPA Board Chair.” “LPA has always exhibited a social conscience, a fact we are proud to continue.”

All other parking rules have been in place and enforced during this COVID-19 crisis and LEXPARK will continue to enforce those as well as overtime parking and now the required meter payments.

For customers concerned about touching meter surfaces, the Parking Authority recommends using the PayByPhone app which is free to download from the app store or visit paybyphone.com for more information.


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