Ajax charging visitors $20 to park at the waterfront this summer

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Published June 4, 2021 at 12:03 pm

Non-residents have to pay $20 to park at the Ajax waterfront this summer, part of the Town’s strategy to manage increased weekend parking and crowds during the pandemic.

The parking management plan took effect May 15, though enforcement did not begin until last weekend.

The plan includes paid parking for non-residents and designated parking areas, including six waterfront parking lots and signed streets. Ajax By-Law Services focussed on education and awareness for the first two weekends of the program.

Ajax residents can park for free at designated parking areas by registering their license plates online at ajax.ca/register and providing proof of address. The permits are only valid once approved by By-Law Services. Email confirmation will be sent within 24 hours.

Print and display is not required as the plate is registered electronically and residents can park for free in the designated parking areas for the entire 2021 season. Residents must register annually.

Visitors (non-residents) must pay online at ajax.ca/parkandpay to park at designated parking areas at $20 per visit. The permit is valid until nine p.m. each day.

Violators face a $60 parking ticket.

In the Paradise Beach area, only residents living in the area can park their registered vehicle on streets signed ‘No Parking – Registered Local Residents Parking Only’ on weekends and public holidays.

To register, visit ajax.ca.register and there is a limit of one vehicle per household.

The program follows other Ontario municipalities that have restricted the use of popular waterfront areas to residents to comply with pandemic regulations.

In Barrie, for example, non-residents must pay more than triple the resident rate to park near local beachfront attractions. Visitors without a pass will have to pay $50 to park at the waterfront and $50 to launch a boat.

Brock Township has also put in place measures to control parking at the harbour and beaches, though residents will be the only ones issued a parking pass, starting June 10.

If you got a pass last year, it will still be valid for this summer. The boat launch will be open to the public, but non-residents will have to pay a fee to use it.

The splash pads will also be open only to Brock residents, with a 15-person limit. The pier will stay closed to abide by physical distancing rules.

 

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