Kawartha Lakes moves to free timed parking model in downtown Lindsay
“We wanted to make it easier for people to conduct business and do their shopping in the downtown core,” explained CAO Ron Taylor. “We have heard from the business community and this is something they wanted to see as a proactive step to draw more people to the downtown.”
Beginning January 1, 2016, the City will implement a time monitored parking system which will allow motorists to park on any downtown street for up to two hours. In municipal lots motorists can park for up to four hours.
“The removal of the parking meters will allow for much more effective snow removal in the winter months,” said Mr. Taylor. “We’re confident the two hour for on-street and four hour for municipal lot parking will also provide visitors and shoppers with ample time to visit their favourite downtown stores and restaurants.”
For individuals requiring longer parking options, the City will continue to offer monthly parking permits for municipal lots at $46 per month and will also provide daily and weekly permit options as well.
City staff is expected to begin removing the parking meters during the last week October and continuing through November.
“We certainly feel, and Council agreed, that removing meters and offering free parking in our downtown core will create a more pleasing aesthetic look and be more welcoming and inviting to our residents and visitors throughout the year,” said Mr. Taylor.
“This new direction on our downtown parking program is the result of a lot of work and collaboration between our City staff and the Lindsay BIA,” said Mayor Andy Letham. “This is a great example of how we can work together and partner with our community to help drive economic prosperity in Kawartha Lakes. Removing the meters and offering free time-limited parking will certainly send a much more inviting message to visitors.”
For more information regarding changes to the parking system please contact:
Municipal Law Enforcement Office
705-324-9411 Ext. 1212