Published On: Tue, Dec 10th, 2019

New Hope Chamber announces 1-week holiday parking, holiday party awards

The New Hope Chamber of Commerce on Monday announced that New Hope Borough will offer free holiday parking at metered spots downtown from Dec. 17 to 25.

Free parking during the Christmas shopping season is a New Hope tradition that is typically offered from Monday to Thursday during the two weeks leading up to Christmas, and in some years has been provided every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.

As of last Friday, plans had not been made for holiday parking this year — the chamber assumed the borough would arrange it, and the borough was waiting for the chamber to approach them.

Separately, the chamber announced that Michael “Pumpkin” Gardner and others will be honored at their annual holiday dinner being held Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Havana in New Hope.

Vintage Pumpkin

“Michael has raised money for AIDS research, for New Hope Parks and Rec, and the New Hope Chamber of Commerce, for LGBTQ civil rights…the list is endless and so is his giving,” noted the chamber in a release.

The holiday party is open to the public, with free food and a cash bar. Organizers ask that those attending bring canned goods for Fisherman’s Mark or toys for “Toys for Tots.”

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  1.' JaneAdele says:

    Is the borough going to “assume” that the Chamber will mark or bag the kiosks, or is the Chamber going to “assume” that the Borough is going to do it? Hope they get the signage clear. Otherwise, it’s a bad P.R. move for New Hope at a time of year when visitors are here to shop and enjoy the town.

    Will people parking put money in the kiosks, thinking that they have to pay during that free week?

  2.' None says:

    Parking should be free 365/ 24/7.

  3.' JoeSchmoe says:

    This Borough Council is so lame is isn’t funny. They were waiting for the Chamber to approach them? Get real. They have been bagging the meters for 2 weeks for years. New Hope is slowly sinking into a shell of it’s former self.

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