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After complaints, Fayetteville halves fee for downtown event parking

May 15, 2019

The Fayetteville City Council voted Monday night to cut in half the fee charged to park downtown on the dates of major events.

The move comes just weeks after the Fayetteville Woodpeckers moved into their new, downtown baseball stadium. The city was counting game days as events, and shoppers and diners not headed to the game balked at paying the $10 parking fee.

Effective immediately, parking in all city-owned lots and the Franklin Street parking deck will cost $5 during the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, International Folk Festival, Woodpeckers games and other downtown events.

The council said it heard “from business owners and employees” that the $10 fee was “too much of a financial burden for them and their customers.”

Kristorpher Ateman, a waiter at Huske Hardware, told WRAL News that the parking fee had made a dent in his tips.

“The ones that have to pay to park, they don’t tip normally as much as they would have if they didn’t have to pay,” he said. “To pay to park is coming out of our tips.”

Mayor Mitch Colvin pointed out that downtown Fayetteville is adding parking spots as well. A new parking deck is under construction next to the Woodpeckers’ Segra Stadium.

“That parking deck is not being constructed for the sake of the baseball stadium,” Colvin said. “What it’s doing is adding to the available inventory of available parking around this area.”