Stratford News Free downtown parking on Saturday returning in Stratford SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 2019 Free parking on Saturday returning. (Photo supplied by City of Stratford). You’ll soon be able to park downtown for free on Saturdays. The City of Stratford says free parking in the downtown core starts again on December 7th. You can park your vehicle for up to four hours without having to feed the parking metres or machines. The hours will stay in place until April 30th.