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Annapolis tries free valet service to ease downtown parking

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen said Wednesday that in an effort to ease parking woes in the city’s downtown area, the company that operates city garages will launch free weekend valet parking at the Hillman Garage.

Annapolis city officials said the valet parking can add 50 to 60 spaces at the garage by using driving lanes and maximizing the use of parking spaces. The Hillman Garage, nestled between Main Street and Duke of Gloucester Street, has 451 spaces.

Visitors who want to use the valet service should enter the garage from Gorman Street, on the Main Street side of the garage. Signs will direct drivers to the valet service or to park themselves.

There's no charge for the valet service, which will be run by Towne Park, which has a contract to operate the city-owned garages.

The program will be tested on weekends and during special events through October. Officials will decide then whether to continue the program or not.

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