YPG: City tries to boost downtown

In order to boost downtown shopping this holiday season, the City of Portage la Prairie is giving citizens free parking at meters between Dec. 10 and 24.

“We just feel that it promotes local shopping,” said Coun. Liz Driedger, chair of the city planning and economic development committee. “It makes it easier for citizens to get their Christmas shopping done and encourage them to shop downtown.”

Driedger said the downtown core is an area the city always tries to promote.

“In a sense, it’s our Christmas present back to the citizens of Portage,” she said.

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