Visitors must pay for Quarry Lake parking after overcrowding last summer

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Canmore town council approved paid parking for Quarry Lake Park for visitors on March 2, while local residents will be eligible for one free annual pass per household.

The fee will cost $20 for up to four hours this summer during peak season, and $10 dollars during off-peak season every day from 7 a.m until 10 p.m.

Mayor John Borrowman said the plan was driven by public feedback to help to manage the overwhelming visitor parking last summer, as well as the cleanup in the area.

Canmore residents will be eligible for a free parking pass and residential parking permit zones will be created to manage overflow parking issues in nearby neighborhoods.

Council decided the parking revenues will be used to fund maintenance at Quarry Lake Park, including additional washrooms and waste bins, as well as the operating costs of the parking system.

Council also approved a new 2021 capital project for $1,160,000 to plan a seasonal transit route to Quarry Lake, the Nordic Centre, and Grassi Lakes in collaboration with Alberta Parks, to begin operation in 2022, including purchase of a new bus and construction of four new bus stops to be funded mostly by provincial grants with the remainder coming from reserves.


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“Popular locations like Quarry Lake were literally overwhelmed by visitors, which was frustrating for residents,” said Mayor Borrowman.

Resident Parking Permits (RPP) are used to manage acute spillover issues in areas in close proximity to pay parking zones.

“The zones identified are intended to address these areas without overextending and creating additional management work for administration and hassle for residents.”

The neighbourhoods of Rundleview and Peaks of Grassi will have a seasonal RPP zone established (June – September). Residential Parking Permits can be applied for online with two free permits per household. Additional permits are $100. Areas may be expanded by resident request through a petition process if problems are identified outside of the RPP zones.

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