The city is about to make a major change on how you park downtown in the evening. It’s all because of the arena. Those EPark machines will be in effect at night, not just until 6 o’clock.
“Currently the rates are free after 6 p.m.” said Bohdan Maslo, the city’s parking director. “On event nights we realized if we had free parking on the street, many of the spaces would be taken up by event goers, not leaving space for perhaps businesses and residents.”
So, on many but not all nights, you’ll be charged $3.50 an hour to park on the street. What also changes is, during the day there’s a 2 hour limit. After 5 p.m. you can pay the entire shot until 10 p.m. “The event rate is going to be implemented for Oilers games, Oil Kings games, and major concerts and events at Rogers Place with an expected attendance of 6,000.”
The city has set up a specific arena zone between 109 street and 97 street, and Jasper avenue and 107 avenue.
“The EPark pay machines with in the event parking zone boundary will have special decals indicating they’re in the special parking event zone. Also the rate will be displayed on the machines. So when people come up to the machine they will see if they’re entering into an event rate for that specific evening.”
Changes are also coming to the two city run indoor lots, at City Hall and at the Library Parkade. The evening maximum at the Library Parkade doubles to $10, while at City Hall on event nights it’ll be $16. On non-event nights under the pyramids the hourly rate doubles to $2.
“Winspear or Citadel patrons, if they’re season ticket holders and their ticket happens to fall on an event night, we didn’t want them to have to pay a higher rate versus perhaps some one who has a ticket for the following evening,” Maslo said. “So we decided to go with a $10 rate every day of the week, and then every one pays the same.”
The city will set up a website, that also links to the Rogers Place site, so you can track what nights are event nights, and what nights aren’t.
Bylaw officers will also patrol nearby residential areas, chalking tires to make sure no one uses that as free parking on event nights. A two hour restriction will be in place.
You’re also urged to take transit to Rogers Place with five LRT stations with in walking distance. Closest stop to the main arena entrance at 103 and 103 is the Bay/Enterprise Square Station, about three blocks away. ETS is going to put extra trains on the Capital Line during hockey games and major events.
When city council first debated the arena proposal, parking revenue was identified by the city manager and the chief financial officer as one source to pay off the mortgage over the 20 year period.