You know the drill: circle the block, once, twice, three times (or maybe more), hoping that an elusive parking spot will magically open up. Parking can be hard to come by in Huntsville’s downtown in the summer months, or at least it seems that way.
There’s actually an abundance of parking available, but some of it requires a few extra minutes of foot power. The #HealthyHuntsville program, back for its second summer, will show you how you can find parking just a short distance from downtown—especially if you’re planning to be there for longer than a couple of hours—and get the chance to win some cool prizes while you’re at it. Plus you’ll see a little more of our beautiful town, get some exercise, and if you encourage other people to get on board too you might just find that super-close spot on those times when you just need to dash into a store to pick something up.
Here’s how it works:
- Take the pledge online at myhuntsville.ca/healthyhuntsville. (If you took the pledge last year, you’ll need to take it again. It only takes a minute!)
- Town staff will contact you to arrange for you to get a #HealthyHuntsville sticker. Put it on your car, on your water bottle, or anywhere else you want to display it to let everyone know that you’ve taken the #HealthyHuntsville pledge.
- The next time you’re downtown (and every time until August 30, 2019) to shop, eat, work or play, honour your pledge and park a few blocks away from Main Street. Take a photo and upload it to the photo sharing area on the #HealthyHuntsville webpage. Every photo is worth one entry. The more times you participate, the more chances you have to win!
- Get bonus entries each time you post a photo of how you’re honouring your pledge to Facebook or Twitter—be sure to tag @townofhuntsville on Facebook or @townhuntsville on Twitter and include the hashtag #HealthyHuntsville.
- Wait excitedly to see if you’ve won a prize in early September. You could win Downtown BIA Bucks to use at a variety of stores on the Main Street, leisure passes to the Canada Summit Centre, or gift certificates and prizes from Pharmasave, The Great Vine, Ahimsa and Whimsical Bakery.
Why should you participate?
- Walking is healthy for you: it lowers your risk of certain diseases and cancers, improves your mood and gives higher energy levels.
- Walking is healthy for Huntsville: less traffic and better air quality.
- Less time spent trying to find a prime spot and more time to spend doing your errands and exploring downtown with family and friends.
- Enjoy the downtown area: smell the flowers and notice the Tom Thomson murals! Who knows what you might see that you hadn’t noticed before?
What if you’re not sure where it’s okay to park?
For a map that shows all available parking, and how long you can park in each place, click here. You can also ask the Downtown Parking Ambassador. He’s back for a third summer to answer your questions about where to park, what’s happening around town, or where to grab a bite to eat. You could even just let him know what you love about Huntsville—he’s a friendly guy! (But be warned, if you park where you shouldn’t or for longer than you shouldn’t, he’s going to give you a ticket.) Look for him in his bright yellow vest on the streets of downtown Huntsville this summer.
While we’re on the topic of doing things that are nice for you and nice for Huntsville (and especially for your own neighbourhood), did you know that there’s a new Neighbourly Living page at huntsville.ca? There you’ll find information about Huntsville’s bylaws, what you can and can’t do on your property, and tips for improving communication with your neighbours that may help you to address issues before they become conflicts. (Because nobody likes conflict.)
Are you ready to take the Healthy Huntsville pledge?
Learn more and sign up at myhuntsville.ca/healthyhuntsville.
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