The Asbury Park Mayor and City Council have approved a resolution to temporarily suspend paid parking in the downtown and waterfront areas during the winter holiday season. From November 26 through December 24, shoppers, residents, and visitors will not have to pay metered parking fees in those areas.
Free parking runs from noon to 6 p.m. every Saturday through the winter holidays. Saturday morning and evening hourly parking rates are $1 in the downtown, $2 on Ocean Avenue, and $1 in other waterfront areas.
Additionally, metered parking is suspended all day on Thanksgiving Day (November 24), Christmas Day (December 25), and New Year’s Day (January 1).
“Asbury Park is not just a summer destination,” Councilman Jesse Kendle said. “We have a thriving year-round community, and visitors coming to enjoy what Asbury has to offer beyond the beach.”
“Any holiday shopping you need to do, you can get it done in Asbury Park,” said Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton. “Our independent retail has everything you need for unique gifts. By temporarily suspending paid parking during peak shopping hours and the peak shopping season, we want to encourage everyone to check off every gift on their to-do list with the perfect gifts from Asbury Park.”
“The holiday season is a celebration of community, and a chance for all of us to come together as a city,” said Mayor John Moor. “There’s shopping and Asbury’s restaurants and bars to enjoy, but we also have many holiday events throughout the winter season. We want to make those events as accessible to the whole community as possible, so everyone can enjoy them.”
Metered parking rates during the non-peak season of September 14 through May 16 range $0.50 to $2 in the downtown area. In the waterfront area, hourly rates are $2 on Ocean Avenue and $1 on other waterfront paid parking streets.