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New parking spaces will open in time for N.C. Whirligig Festival

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Visitors to downtown Wilson will have 30 additional parking spots in a few weeks — just in time for two big events.

Construction is continuing this week on the parking lot, located on Douglas Street behind 217 Brew Works and in sight of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.

Rebecca Agner, communications and marketing manager for the city of Wilson, said the property has been owned by the city for several years.

The free public parking will be managed the same as other downtown lots, she said.

The lot will connect to the Batten lot on Barnes Street, between Goldsboro and Douglas streets, and will be ready in time for the North Carolina Whirligig Festival on Nov. 4-5 in downtown Wilson, Agner said.

The parking lot will also be helpful for visitors to the Whirligig Park, which opens to the public Nov. 2 with a big celebration.

Work continues on the Whirligig Park this week. In addition to landscape work, the whirligig Saw Dog was installed on Wednesday.

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