'Park It' team looks at parking utilization in Lindsay's Downtown
Beginning today, Monday, June 16 there will be free parking at all Lindsay metered parking spots within the downtown core for a maximum of two hours. Users who park in off-street lots will still be required to pay.
Focusing on customer needs, the free metered parking is part of a current Initiative Management Black Belt project on parking utilization in Lindsay’s downtown core which will yield a better understanding of the needs of our customers.
During the course of the free parking period surveys will be completed both in-person, as well as on the City’s website and will be distributed via the City’s social media channels.
The goal of the project is to determine whether on-street parking meters play a role in the utilization of parking downtown, whether people are familiar with the City’s off-street parking lots, the purpose of the visits to Lindsay’s downtown, and how much and by what method people would prefer to pay for parking in Lindsay’s downtown.
The 'Park It' Black Belt team includes (from left) Mike Farquhar, Supervisor of Infrastructure, Dense Williams, Process Improvement Facilitator, Gord Garfield, Manager of Bylaw, Ron Taylor, Director of Development Services, Aaron Sloan, Municipal Law Enforcement Officer.
"The information gathered during the data collection phase will be instrumental in providing invaluable information to the City as well as downtown merchants and business owners," explained Process Improvement Facilitator Denise Williams.
"Beginning June 16, a series of customer surveys will also be undertaken," Ms. Williams continued. "Our plan is to complete in-person surveys with those individuals who use on-street parking, as well as using the City website and social media to ask questions that will help us better understand the nature and purpose of parking in Lindsay’s downtown core."
The purpose of the survey is to determine where people come from, what their reason for coming to the downtown is, whether they are aware of the ‘Lot’ parking available, how they feel about the cost of parking, and their preferred method of paying, coins or credit card for example.
"We appreciate everyone taking the time to complete the short survey, and the results will be invaluable as we collect our data and move forward with the parking utilization project," Ms. Williams added.