*ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTE: The City of Burlington is bridging the gap between the launch of the weekend paid parking system at the Beachway on May 22 and the free permit program in July. Starting Saturday (May 22), if you’re a Halton resident parking at one of the 4 priority lots at the Beachway, please see one of our City of Burlington parking attendants, who will be wearing bright-coloured safety vests, for a free temporary permit after you’ve parked your car. Thank you.
MAYOR MEED WARD’S TAKE:
Starting this Saturday (May 22), weekend paid parking — on Saturdays and Sundays — at the Beachway premium parking lots will be implemented from May to September (May 22-Sept. 25, 2021). There continues to be free parking in the downtown at select lots and at the parking garage. Click here for a map of free parking areas in the downtown.
As the Beachway is a Regional park, Halton residents will also be eligible for 10 free day-passes (equating to 5 free weekends), starting in July, that they will be able to use throughout the weekend pay period for the beach. Designated pick-up/drop-off zones at Beachway will also be returning starting this May long weekend.
Why is the City of Burlington implementing this program? Paid parking at the Beachway parking lots will help the City of Burlington recoup costs related to parking and upkeep of the beach that has increased by more than $150,000 per year due to the large number of visitors. As we are expecting many of these visitors to again be from outside of our region, and therefore do not contribute to our parks through their taxes, the parking fee is implemented to avoid our local residents footing all of the bill for the necessary measures to manage the parking situation at the beach.
Without implementing the parking fee, the cost impact to employ park ambassadors, pay-duty Police officers and other measures would have to be placed on the residential tax base for our residents. The parking fee shares the cost of parking maintenance among all visitors to our beach, while providing some relief to Halton residents in recognition of the contribution they already make through their taxes.
The changes at Beachway are also in line with the paid parking provision for the two Spencer Smith Park parking lots that have been paid parking on weekends for a number of years now, to recoup costs of maintenance of that park.
Additionally, in our downtown parking lots, individuals with an accessible and/or veteran permit can park for free as long as their permit is clearly and easily displayed — and this will be the same for parking at the Beachway.
*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.
Burlington, Ont. — May 18, 2021 — New this summer, the City of Burlington is introducing a summer parking fee on weekends through the HONK mobile app. Users do not have to download the app but can scan the QR code on parking lot signage to pay for parking. Fees will be charged from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends beginning Saturday, May 22, 2021 until the last weekend in September, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2021.
The City is working to make sure residents can safely enjoy the outdoors while following all public health recommendations. The Beachway has gotten more popular over time and last summer saw record demand for parking due to the pandemic resulting in the City having to use barricades, a drop-off zone and parking ambassadors to help manage the demand for parking. Illegal parkers were given a warning and issued tickets. This year, especially those parking on Lakeshore Road shoulders and the grass boulevard over the pipeline, will be towed.
Visitors must pay for parking on weekends. It is an hourly rate of $2.50 or a daily flat rate of $20. Users can scan the QR Code or download the HonkMobile app. There is a transaction fee of $0.35 for each payment. Dashboard tickets are not needed as every payment is linked to a license plate number.
Parking is free in Downtown Burlington on weekends and holidays. Beachway visitors are encouraged to extend their walk or use the drop-off zone, park and meet their household members at the beach. For parking downtown, visit burlington.ca/downtownparking.
Starting Thursday, July 1, Halton residents can take advantage of 10 free days of parking per year at Beachway Park. It is recommended that residents wait to fill out the parking exemption form once arriving 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.
For more information about parking at Beachway Park, visit burlington.ca/paypark.
“Parking spaces at Beachway Park are very limited and the lots fills quickly. We are introducing paid parking on weekends this summer to help manage the parking and traffic flow. We are still under a Stay-at-Home Order from the province so we’d like to remind Beachway visitors to plan ahead and possibly consider coming back another time if the parking lot is full, or to park in an alternative location. Please avoid parking illegally – City bylaw officers will be actively ticketing and towing to further help manage parking and ensure safe traffic flow.” — Vito Tolone, Director of Transportation, City of Burlington
Links and Resources:
PLEASE NOTE: To stay updated on what the City of Burlington is doing regarding COVID-19, please visit the dedicated pages burlington.ca/coronavirus (and subscribe) and bit.ly/mayormeedwardCOVID19updates, and our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page — bit.ly/COVID19BurlingtonFAQ that are updated as new information becomes available.
A consolidated page for information and updates on the work of the provincial Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force is available at bit.ly/COVIDVaccineUpdates.
Halton Region has also created a dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine webpage at halton.ca/covidvaccines for up to date information on the status of our COVID19 vaccination program.
A Burlington COVID-19 Task Force has been created to help support our community through this unprecedented emergency — updates will be provided at burlington.ca/COVID19taskforce.
To report an incident of non-compliance with provincial emergency orders, please contact the Halton Regional Police Service COVID-19 Hotline: 905-825-4722.
We’ve also created a dedicated page to feature the local organizations and businesses that have inspired us during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking action to support our community in new and creative ways — head to bit.ly/covidwallofinspiration.
HELPFUL RESOURCES & RELATED LINKS:
- Community questions and requests regarding City of Burlington services can be directed to Service Burlington by phone at 905-335-7777, by email at email@example.com or online.
- Halton Region has created a Reopening Schools resource webpage for parents, students and teachers at halton.ca/covid19.
- For further COVID-19 information, including where to get tested, please visit Halton Region Public Health halton.ca/coronavirus
- Residents can stay informed at burlington.ca/coronavirus as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on Twitter and facebook.com/cityburlington
- Questions about the cancellation of Recreation programs can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 905-335-7738
- City of Burlington: www.burlington.ca/coronavirus
- Resources for Residents & Non-Profit Organizations: www.burlington.ca/covid19resources.
- Halton Region: www.halton.ca/coronavirus
- Government of Ontario: www.ontario.ca/coronavirus
- Provincial Emergency Orders: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200052
- Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/coronavirus
- World Health Organization: www.who.int
- Joseph Brant Hospital: josephbranthospital.ca/covid-19
- Team Burlington Business Supports: burlingtonchamber.com/team-burl-supporting-burl-business-during-covid-19/
- Burlington Food Bank: call 905-637-CARE (2273), or visit burlingtonfoodbank.ca
- Food for Life: call 905-635-1106 and press 7, or visit foodforlife.ca
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton Branch: call 289-291-5396, or visit halton.cmha.ca
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist