Implementation of paid parking at Oakville’s waterfront parks still under review

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Published May 27, 2021 at 4:29 pm

The Town of Oakville could be another municipality in Halton that will be implementing paid parking soon at their waterfront parks.

Paid parking at Bronte Beach and Tannery Park in Oakville has been a topic of discussion for some time due to the parks’ increased popularity since last summer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In turn, the increase in visitors has caused issues with illegal parking on the sides of the road as well as in other undesignated areas. This is similar reasoning as to why the City of Burlington recently implemented paid parking at Beachway Park.

The proposal, made by Oakville town staff, called for the price of parking to be $3 per hour at parking lots close to both waterfront parks with a maximum three-hour stay from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.

Oakville Town council was set to come up with a decision on whether or not to implement it at a recent meeting, but instead, voted to direct town staff to develop more options.

Sean O’Meara, Regional and Town Councillor for Ward 1, was in favour of implementing paid parking at Bronte Beach, emphasizing the importance of taking immediate action.

Marc Grant, Ward 5 councillor, however, expressed concerns over implementing paid parking in an area where residents have contributed their tax dollars.

The topic of paid parking at Oakville’s popular waterfront parks is expected to be brought back to council by June 21, or possibly even sooner, according to Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

Proposed changes include revisiting the three-hour parking limit, which several councillors, including Ward 6 councillor, Tom Adams, suggested either be extended or eliminated altogether.

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