The blue areas will become paid stalls at the Kelowna city hall’s parking lot in the evenings and on weekends as of Dec. 15, while the red areas will be reserved for city officials and the local car share program. The green area will be reserved for motorcycles.—contributed

Pay parking coming to Kelowna city hall lot

After 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends, the formerly free lot will cost driver’s $1 per hour

Get ready to pay if you park in Kelowna City Hall’s parking lot after hours.

As of Dec. 15, the public will have to pay to use the City Hall parking lot after City Hall closes at 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and on weekends. A parking rate of $1 per hour from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. will be in effect at that time. On weekends and holidays, public parking will also be available all day with rates of $1 per hour or $6 per day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The City Hall parking lot is reserved for monthly permit holders from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday with the exception of stalls fronting Water Street, which will remain designated for city business use only with registration of a license plate number.

The new public availability is two hours earlier than what was previously permitted and the parking rates are the same as those in effect at other city owned parking lots in the area.

“The City Hall parking lot is in a prime location and is one of the first to fill-up during events like hockey games and concerts,” said Dave Duncan, parking services manager for the city.

“The new hours will increase the public’s ability to use the lot. The introduction of pay parking, meanwhile, will help ensure stalls are available for short-term parkers and encourage long-term parkers to use a nearby parkade.”

City Hall is within walking distance of three city owned parkades (Library, Chapman and Memorial) that offer no-charge parking in the evenings and on weekends and holidays, except during special events.

The changes for the city hall lot was approved by council in September and are city officials say they are consistent with the Kelowna’s Parking Management Strategy. As part of that strategy, the city is also updating the Downtown Area Parking Plan.

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