Motorists will now have to pay to park in certain parts of downtown Little Rock that were previously free, as the city announced Wednesday afternoon that new parking meters have been set up in the area.
The units, dubbed "Pay and Display," were installed on Sept. 22, but just recently have been calibrated and are now officially open for use. The meters — which will take change or credit cards — will replace many two-hour parking spots downtown.
The meters will be set up along President Clinton Avenue, the 100 block of Sherman Street and the 100 block of River Market Avenue, Little Rock Parking Enforcement Administrator Jack Wrenn said. A total of eight meters will be used and each one will be enforced for an assigned section of parking spaces, Wrenn added.
The signage in the River Market is being altered to represent the change. During the transition, the release states, no tickets will be issued until Oct. 14. However, city parking enforcement officials will issue warnings for nonpayment at the meters from Oct. 7-11.
Parking enforcement officials will be in the River Market on Wednesday until Friday to explain and demonstrate the new parking meter equipment to motorists parking in the area, according to the release.