Starting May 1st visitors of Sandy Point Beach, Sandy Point Boat Launch, and Sunbreaker Cove Boat Launch will be required to pay for parking. Visitors can pay through HotSpot Parking Inc.
Despite citizen concerns for the parking service payment, Lacombe County Council has determined that they will continue to charge for parking.
"We understand some of our residents were concerned with the paid parking program. Council reviewed the plan and, except for adding an annual pass option for frequent users, they continue to feel it is the right direction to move in,” said Tim Timmons, County Manager for Lacombe County. “The additional user fees will help to ensure the operating and capital expenses of these amenities are more sustainable. With the increasing amount of people accessing the lake via the beach and boat launches, the paid parking program will assist with the maintenance and upkeep of these facilities, while providing funds for future needs.”
Annual passes will be issued at the following rates:
- $120/year for Sandy Point Beach Parking Annual Fee
- $160/year for Sandy Point Boat and Sunbreaker Cove Launch and Parking Annual Fee
- $80/year for Sandy Point and Sunbreaker Cove Launch Annual Fee
Daily passes will be issued at the following rates:
- Sandy Point Beach parking lot ($3/hour or $15/day)
Sandy Point and Sunbreaker Cove Boat Launches
- $20/day to launch and park
- $10 to launch only
- $10 for additional vehicle parking only with no trailer
In order to pay for parking you can either download the parking app called ‘Hot Spot’ or scan the scan the QR code featured at the site. For more information, click here.
"We know this will be an adjustment. However, Council believes that adopting a user-pay system for these facilities is the most responsible way to help offset the County’s cost of operating them,” said Lacombe County Reeve Barb Shepherd. “We are pleased to offer access to Gull Lake and Sylvan Lake through these facilities. The paid parking system will ensure these amenities can be maintained and used to their full potential for residents and visitors alike.”