Weekend parking fees will begin soon at Beachway Park in Burlington.
In an attempt to control improper parking, the City has implemented weekend parking fees at Beachway Park that will come into effect on May 22, 2021, and last until September 25, 2021.
Parking fees at the beach have been a topic of discussion for a while, primarily due to the fact that the beach’s popularity has created challenges for the city when it comes to illegal parking.
According to the City, last summer saw record demand for parking due to the pandemic. This resulted in the need for using barricades, a drop-off zone and parking ambassadors.
Last month, Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward expressed her concerns over the parking at Beachway Park in an interview with inhalton.com‘s Khaled Iwamura.
According to Meed Ward, on busy days, the parking situation at the beach caused people to park near the road, on the shoulder and on gas lines. As a result, the city implemented a $240 COVID fine last summer for improper parking.
This year, the city says that illegal parkers, especially those who park on Lakeshore Road shoulders and the grass boulevard over the pipeline, will be towed.
Beginning May 22, visitors must pay for parking on weekends. The hourly rate is $2.50 or a daily flat rate of $20. Through the HONK mobile app, users will be able to scan the QR code on parking lot signage to pay for parking. Downloading the app is not necessary.
Additionally, dashboard tickets are not necessary as every payment is linked to a license plate number.
“Parking spaces at Beachway Park are very limited and the lots fill quickly. We are introducing paid parking on weekends this summer to help manage the parking and traffic flow,” said Vito Tolone, Director of Transportation Services.
Residents are reminded that parking is free in Downtown Burlington on weekends and holidays.
For more information about parking at Beachway Park, visit burlington.ca/paypark.
Photo: City of Burlington