New changes to parking

Starting this weekend, the City of Kelowna will be making changes to downtown parking availability for visitors, by updating signs and re-programming equipment.

More people are visiting downtown throughout the week and staying longer into evenings so the city hopes to improve the short-term parking in affected areas.

The first changes being made will apply to the on-street stalls located near the waterfront, also known as 'Zone A', where new rates will be implemented with pay parking extended to 9 p.m., to help manage turnover.

In addition to this, pay parking will be reduced at the Chapman, Library and Memorial parkades, as well as on-street parking times being extended from two hours to three.

“Our intent with these changes is to improve availability of short-term parking and ensure the parking system is paid for by those who use it rather than by general taxation,” said Dave Duncan, parking service manager.

“Although rates and pay parking hours will increase in some on-street areas, the increase in no-charge parking hours at all three downtown parkades will help balance this change.”

With more no-charge hours implemented in parkades, longer-term parkers will be shifted away from the on-street stalls.

Security will also improve in parkades with the installation of security cameras and improved lighting.

These changes are part of the Downtown Area Parking Plan and will develop over a two-year period.

More details are available at: kelowna.ca/parking

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