Public Parking - Centre in the Park

Public parking in Centre in the Park is managed through an integrated parking system. There are over 1,000 public parking stalls in Centre in the Park managed by Strathcona County. 

Parking options

Spring and summer are busy times around Centre in the Park, and as a result parking can be harder to find in certain areas. Listed below are several areas to park that are within walking distance from the Community Centre and Festival Place.

New development underway

Construction of new residential and commercial buildings, and a new parkade, is underway in Centre in the Park.


Public Parking map

Print-friendly   Centre in the Park - Public Parking map (610.4 KB)


  • P Parking
  • Wheelchair Handicap parking spots
  • Bus Transit stop

Community Centre Parkade

The underground Community Centre Parkade offers public parking.

The parkade is clean, well-lit, secure, monitored and heated in winter.

Register your licence once you park - First two hours parking will be no charge in the parkade.

Please register your licence plate number at the parking machine, even if you are parking for two hours or less.

Using the parking machine

  1. Know your vehicle’s licence plate number
  2. Go to parking machine
  3. Enter licence plate
  4. Follow machine instruction prompts
    • First two hours will indicate no charge 
    • Pay by credit card OR exact bills/coins
  5. Take receipt (no need to place display on your dashboard)
  6. You can also go back to one of the parking machines (located at P1 elevators and on Community Centre main floor by the Agora) if you need to purchase more time.

Parkade times and rates

First two hours – no charge

7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
Additional time – $2 per hour
(Parking on Level P1 only during these times)

After 5 p.m. on weekdays, and all day weekends and holidays
Any additional time – $2 flat fee
(Parking on Level P1 and P2)

Parkade hours of operation

Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Handicap parking — available in the parkade on Level P1 and P2. No charge to drive down to P1 to the elevators to drop off or pick up a person with disabilities.

No charge to drive down to P1 to use library book return bin.

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Street Parking 

Festival Lane, Festival Avenue, Festival Way

  • No charge, 2-hour time limit or as posted (7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday)
  • No charge, no time limit (after 5 p.m. on weekdays, and all day weekends and holidays)

Note: Short-term parking on Festival Lane for library book return and brief visits.

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Outdoor Surface Parking Lots

Lot A – Festival Place

  • No charge, no time limit
Lot B – Kinsmen Leisure Centre
  • No charge, no time limit

Lot C – Sherwood Park Arena and Sports Centre

  • No charge, no time limit

Lot D – County Hall

  • No charge, 2-hour time limit (7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday)
  • No charge, no time limit (after 5 p.m. on weekdays, and all day weekends and holidays)

Note: Parking rates and time limits are reviewed annually.

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Parking enforcement in effect

Traffic Safety Bylaw (548.9 KB)

Parking violations will be issued to the registered vehicle owner for failure to comply with parking time limits and/or fees as posted. 

During construction or events, parking restrictions or changes may apply.

An alternative to parking…

Strathcona County Transit offers service to Centre in the Park, including direct and convenient travel to the Community Centre and Sherwood Park Mall from the new Bethel Transit Terminal. For route maps and schedules, visit

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Frequently Asked Questions


  • 1. What is the philosophy of the CITP parking management program?

    Centre in the Park is a sustainable urban design development concept.

    We are trying to get away from creating a large expanse of surface parking. It is intentionally designed with traffic calming measures to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Underground parking is preferred to better use land for other types of development needs; surface parking is to be minimized.

    Centre in the Park is also a mixed-use area. There are businesses, schools, residences, and cultural, recreational and municipal services within it. An integrated parking management program is necessary to manage parking demands of visitors, library patrons, staff, students and residents.

  • 2. Why does the County need to charge for parking?

    Paid parking and time limits are parking management tools to ensure turnover during peak periods and improve parking availability.

    There is a cost to providing parking. Parking revenues help offset the capital and operating costs of providing an integrated parking system.

  • 3. Do County staff have to pay to park?

    County employees who choose to park in the Community Centre underground parkade pay to park.

  • 4. Where can you park for "free" with no time restrictions?

    Lot A–Festival Place, Lot B–Kinsmen Leisure Centre and Lot C–Sherwood Park Arena and Sports Centre are no charge and have no time-limit restrictions.

  • 5. From the Community Centre, how long does it take to walk to the farther out "no charge" outdoor parking lots?

    Lot A–Festival Place
    Walking distance – 400 metres – about 5 minutes

    Lot B–Kinsmen Leisure Centre
    Walking distance – 1 kilometre – about 12 minutes

    Lot C–Sherwood Park Arena
    Walking distance – 1 kilometre – about 12 minutes

  • 6. Is "handicap" parking no charge in the Community Centre Parkade?

    Times and rates for public parking in “handicap” parking stalls are the same as all public parking stalls in the Community Centre Parkade. After the first two hours’ “no charge” parking in the parkade, charges do apply as specified.

  • 7. How can I appeal a parking ticket?

    Public parking in Centre in the Park is governed under Bylaw 16-2015. Once a violation tag (ticket) is issued, it is entered into the Provincial Offences system. If the penalty specified on a violation tag is not paid within the prescribed time period, the violation proceeds to Court. Strathcona County cannot retract violation tags.

  • 8. Who do I contact if I have an inquiry about parking in Centre in the Park?
    Phone: 780-464-8403 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays)
    Visit: Community Centre or County Hall Information Desks

Phone: 780-464-8403

Last updated: Monday, July 16, 2018
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