Parking is an asset that provides the City with the opportunity to strategically manage parking occupancy, generate revenue and manage the service to ensure costs are recovered. Paid parking exists in comparable sites in other cities. Paid parking is one tool which supports the Open Option Parking approach.
An Open Option Parking approach will help to achieve strategic city objectives around supporting transit use, contributing to increasing health, improving neighbourhood vibrancy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The City will implement paid parking at Emily Murphy Park, Rafter’s Landing, Muttart Conservatory, Fort Edmonton Park and TELUS World of Science in spring 2022. Additionally, Hawrelak Park will be considered for paid parking once the major rehabilitation is completed, at the earliest 2026. This action will be connected to the City’s broader strategic Public Parking Action Plan, which will be before Council spring 2022.