boylston street boston marathon bombing Boylston St. in the Back Bay on Tuesday, April 23, a day before it reopened to the public. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/METRO

In an effort to entice residents and visitors back onto the now infamous block of Boylston Street, which was savagely attacked on Patriots Day, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino is offering free parking.

A city spokesman said officials are encouraging "all to come back to the area, go to our restaurants, go to our shops and get involved in the recovery effort."

“Boston is strong and we will support Boylston Strong all weekend long,” Menino said in a statement. “As of today, these businesses that have been off limits since Marathon Monday are open and are looking forward to receiving and serving their customers once again. To support the efforts of our local businesses through the end of the weekend, the City of Boston is offering free parking at meters on Boylston Street and throughout the entire Back Bay.”

 

The meters in question are located on all Back Bay streets between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue, as well as those parking meters adjacent to the Public Garden.

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