Patrons at Vernon Downs now have a new parking option when visiting the Hotel and Casino.

The grand opening of a new $7.2 million parking garage took place today. The garage offers 222 covered parking spaces and access to the racetrack and casino through a covered walkway.

During the event, Jeff Gural, CEO and Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, presented a check for nearly $52,000 to the Food Bank of Central New York.

The money was raised from last year's Love and Theft and Jerrod Neiman show.