Sioux City looking to open up downtown parking garages for free

Sioux City is looking at new options to get people to use the downtown parking ramps.

The City Council met with the Parking and Skywalk System's Board of Trustees this afternoon to discuss those options.

One of them would offer the first hour of parking for free.

That move could cost the city more than $20,000 dollars but officials seem willing to take the risk.

"If we are going to do it, we are going to do it. Sounded like today, from support of the council, we will probably try to impalement that later in the summer. The idea, of course, is to try to get more people downtown and then secondly, to use the downtown parking ramps," said Mark Reinders, Chairman of Parking and Skywalk Board of Trustees.

The Parking Board also discussed possible renovations to the parking ramps and planned upgrades to the skywalk system.

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