After receiving a lot of feedback on the Visitor Pay Parking Program in Sylvan Lake, the Town is set to make some further tweaks ahead of the upcoming tourism season.

2017 was definitely a year of transition as residents worked to get their vehicles registered and visitors had to adjust to paying for parking along the lakeshore.

Communications Officer Joanne Gaudet says they'll be adding more terminals to make the program more user friendly.

“Purchase 6 pay stations or terminals in addition to the software and licensing associated with those terminals so residents and visitors in the area will start to see more pay stations and hopefully that will reduce the line-ups to those pay stations”.

The Town is also making one other tweak to the program in respect to commercial and industrial property owners.

“Because they are paying into our tax base those property owners affected by the Visitor Pay Parking Program will receive 4 parking passes per property as well, so again that is commercial and industrial property owners in the Visitor Pay Parking Program area”.

The program is in effect between May 15th and September 15th.

Gaudet says it was a very successful first year for the program and they collected much higher revenues than they had anticipated.

Those dollars will go directly to the maintenance of Lakeshore Park, Centennial Park, the lakefront, the pier and former waterslide property to maintain a clean and welcoming space for both residents and tourists.

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