No parking fees at city facilities, Edmonton councilors decide

Edmonton will not impose new parking fees at municipal facilities after city council agreed to take that option off the table on Monday as a means of generating revenue in the years to come.

The administration proposed that the city start charging for parking at facilities such as Emily Murphy Park, Rafter’s Landing, Muttart Conservatory, Fort Edmonton Park and TELUS World of Science starting in the spring of 2022. Councilors rejected the idea on Monday. with a 12-0 vote.

Mayor Don Iveson said he believes the city should reset the idea of ​​parking fees and revisit the broader issue of parasitic parking next year.

“If you offer free parking, then people will use it not to go to the park but for the other thing nearby that they might want to do for the day,” he said.

Iveson said there was a lot of misunderstanding about the proposal, after the city administration presented it as an option in its plan to reinvent services to save and earn money.

The proposal still included two hours of free parking at these facilities, he noted, and was not intended to make a lot of money.

“It’s really about making sure that people don’t park in a park and then walk to work or walk to a light rail station or a bus station or something like that. “

The city estimates it can make up to $ 1.4 million per year starting in 2022 with several cost-cutting initiatives.

To change direction

The city’s plan calls for outsourcing the management of its golf courses and golf courses to private companies.

Rob Smyth, a citizen services manager, noted that the city recovers only 44 percent of the operating costs of the Rundle Park golf course and 83 percent of the Victoria and Riverside golf courses.

The city is considering different models for managing mixed-use recreational facilities, such as having a third party operate the services while the city continues to own the building.

They will either look to reduce the space provided to nonprofits or try to recoup more costs from existing leases for rent, utilities, maintenance costs and capital investments.

The city has found that some buildings leased to nonprofits are nearing the end of their lifespan and that 77 of those buildings are in fair to poor condition, which can represent a deferred maintenance liability of $ 170 million. of dollars.

The reinvented service plan would streamline maintenance and the number of urban vehicles.

The board is expected to continue discussing the reinvention service plan at a meeting on Wednesday.

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