Relieving the stress and discontent surrounding public parking in downtown Chapel Hill has become a top priority for the Town Council, inspiring the launch of their year-long Lots to Love Campaign in late April.
Lots to Love, a project created by Park On the Hill, aims to raise awareness about parking and transit resources for commuters in Chapel Hill.The campaign will replace the ticket systems in the downtown parking decks and lots to prepay systems. Drivers will now estimate the amount of time they will be in a lot and pay accordingly at a meter.
In conjunction with the Downtown Partnership, Lots of Love is promoting a contest where visitors and residents can take pictures kissing in downtown parking lots to enter for a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local Chapel Hill business every month.
“The switch is more than just moving from the old system to these new meters. It’s all one big initiative to create positive interactions with parking,” said Ran Northam, community safety communications specialist for the town.
Like other students and Chapel Hill residents, recent UNC graduate Conner Nevel said he has dealt with parking issues in town.