Our weekly series “Budget Briefs” lets residents know how our community will be benefitting from specific investments in Burlington’s approved 2023 Operating and Capital Budget.
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During 2023 Budget deliberations, I brought forward a motion memo that would see the City of Burlington continue the annual 10 free parking pass program for our Beachway Park for 2023 and 2024 and directed staff to develop a program that verifies the addresses of those using the exemption program are Halton residents.
While Beachway Park is classified as a city park, it is a Regional Waterfront Park, as well, providing access to a dynamic beach, recreational connection to the lift bridge, a pavilion with comfort amenities and significant environmental features.
My motion also directed staff to create a Beachway Parking Reserve Fund to be 100% funded from the remaining parking revenues, net of operating expenses collected at Beachway Park. This reserve fund shall be used to fund future operating and capital requirements at the Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park including but not limited to park improvements, active transportation infrastructure, existing and additional parking improvements.
Lastly, my motion directed the City Manager, in consultation with myself, Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith and the Deputy Mayor for Community and Recreation Services, Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna, to liaise with Halton Region staff on options to temporarily use vacant land in the vicinity of the park owned by the Region of Halton for overflow parking.
Council approved the motion to include it in the 2023 Budget. A copy of the memo is available on pg. 1-3 of the 2023 Budget Appendix: F-01-23-1 App B 2023 Council Budget Motion Memorandums.
Beachway Park Parking Exemptions
If you are a Halton Region resident, you are allowed up to 10 free days of parking in the Beachway Park parking lots from May to September each year. During those months, there is paid parking on weekends from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The rate is $2.50 per hour or a flat daily rate of $20.
It is recommended for Halton residents looking to take advantage of the 10 free parking pass program to fill out the online parking exemption form once they’ve arrived at the beach and parked in a legal parking spot. The exemption doesn’t guarantee a spot, but it does give residents free parking for the day.
Don’t Have a Smartphone?
Not to worry if you don’t have a smartphone! You’re also able to fill out the exemption form online before you leave the house to go to the beach, then you can go find a parking spot, and you’re set. If you don’t have access to a computer at home, you can access a public computer at your local Burlington Public Library branch. Simply ask staff when you arrive if they can assist you and remember the City webpage you need to visit is: burlington.ca/paypark
For more information about parking at Beachway Park, visit burlington.ca/paypark
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- Joint Statement on the Burlington 2023 Budget: Investing in our Community Now & for Future Generations
- City of Burlington News Release: Burlington Council Approves 2023 Budget Focused on Improving & Protecting the Future of our Growing & Changing City
- Additional Budget Briefs: