PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—The City of Portsmouth has signed an agreement with the U.S. Government Services Administration making part of the government-owned McIntyre parking lot available to the public on weekends starting Friday evening. The license provides 33 spaces in the facility's lower lot directly adjacent to Bow Street. The entrance to the lot is on Bow St. near to the intersection of Bow and Penhallow Streets.
"Given the needs of city we are grateful to regional GSA officials for their willingness to help us to solve some of our downtown parking challenges," said John Bohenko, Portsmouth city manager. "Now it's up to us to make sure we follow their rules and abide by the license hours to insure a lasting relationship."
Hours for the lot are Fridays from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday morning; 6 a.m. Saturday morning to 2 a.m. Sunday morning, and 6 a.m. Sunday morning to 2 a.m. Monday morning. Federal holidays, which include New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, will be treated the same as Sundays. Vehicles found in the lot between 2 and 6 a.m. on the approved days will be towed at the owner's expense.
While parking will be free in the McIntyre Lot, visitors will still be subject to the city's maximum parking time which will be three hours at this location. Vehicles will be monitored for time violations during normal enforcement hours which are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Approved parking spaces in the lot are numbered 10 through 42. Spaces 4 through 9 are reserved for government vehicles only. Vehicles found in unapproved spaces will be towed at the owner's expense.
There are also a number of restrictions that need to be heeded for the privilege of parking in the McIntyre Lot. They are: no consumption of alcohol, no use or storage of hazardous substances, no firearms permitted on the premises and no idling of vehicles or equipment.