With the Oilers home opener upon us, the city’s parking enforcement team will be out to ensure that people are parked properly. Coordinator of Parking Enforcement Services Erin Blaine says the parking patrol officers will be out in force around the downtown arena.
“We are seeing a few violations throughout the different events, so tonight for the game we have 10 parking enforcement officers patrolling the surrounding areas that may be affected by parking and safety issues.”
Blaine says they see issues with the new e-park payment machines. It’s important to know your licence plate number when you go to pay for parking.
Blaine says they’ve written quite a lot of parking tickets there already.
“The parking officers have issued 1672 tickets from the beginning of the events at the arena.”
That’s just within a 10 block radius.
Blaine says the biggest problems are people who either refuse to pay for parking or haven’t adjusted to the new e-meter system, and people parking too close to the intersection or in front of fire hydrants. She adds that their ultimate objective is to keep the traffic flowing optimally.