Pay parking will be expanded at several Metro Vancouver regional parks on a seasonal basis starting next year.
The regional district states the parking lots at Belcarra Regional Park, including those next to White Pine Beach at Sasamat Lake, will see a new seasonal parking rate of $2.00 per hour between April 1 and September 30, with no time limit.
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Near the UBC campus, the Fraser parking lot at Pacific Spirit Regional Park will see its pay parking fees increase from $2.00 per hour to $2.50 per hour.
As previously reported last week, pay parking will be introduced at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver district, with a seasonal rate of $2.00 per hour between March 1 and October 31, with no time limit.
The regional district also considered implementing pay parking based on a reservation system for the Centennial Beach parking lots at Boundary Bay Regional Park, with fees of $5.00 per half day and $10.00 per day, but there are no plans to introduce any pay parking at this location in 2021.
In an email to Daily Hive Urbanized, the regional district’s parks department states these transportation demand management measures are necessary due to the unprecedented demand and traffic issues experienced this year as a result of COVID-19, with visitation to regional parks increasing by 43% in the spring and summer compared to 2019.
Traffic at Belcarra and Lynn Headwaters regional parks were particularly busy in summer 2020.
Separately, the District of North Vancouver is also introducing its own pay parking system for Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge between March 1 and October 31, with a rate of $3.00 per hour for up to three hours.