At Tuesday's city council meeting, the city decided to put an end to its experiment with making parking in downtown free. According to its report, parking usage stayed roughly the same while there was no increase in sales tax collection to offset the costs of maintaining the parking lots. Wish the city would have run the experiment for a full year rather than just 6 months. Also would be nice to know if parking is still free in the elevated parking facility by Memorial Hospital. If so, that would offer an option for employees of downtown businesses to use. Yes, it is not as convenient as getting to park next door to your place of employment but would still allow employees at downtown businesses to park free.