Changes to public parking as Centre in the Park develops

January 23, 2015

Cars parked by the Community Centre

Public parking in Centre in the Park, where the Community Centre, County Hall and Strathcona County Library are located, will be changing on Monday, March 2.

The County is in the process of selling two development lots toward the completion of Centre in the Park.

Development Lot 1, located north of the Community Centre building, next to Sherwood Drive, is currently used as an outdoor public and staff parking lot. This land parcel’s intended use and designation is for mixed-use residential/commercial development. Development Lot 4, the vacant lands south of the condominium residences, is designated for residential development.

To address the loss of the north parking lot, public parking in the Centre in the Park district will be managed through an integrated parking approach.

Approximately 1,400 public parking stalls are located in Centre in the Park on Strathcona County property. This includes the Community Centre Parkade; on-street parking on Festival Avenue, Festival Lane and Festival Way; and the various County-owned parking lots in the area at Festival Place, Kinsmen Leisure Centre, Sherwood Park Arena and Sports Centre, and a temporary parking lot located across from Strathcona County Library.

“To manage parking in the area as construction proceeds, we will be utilizing all parking capacity that exists in Centre in the Park,” says Diehl Townsley, Director of Facility Services.

To help in the transition, the first two hours (per day) will be “free” public parking in the heated, underground Community Centre Parkade.

Public parking is available on parkade level P1, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday –Friday, on a first come, first serve basis. During these times, any additional time over the first two hours will be charged at $2 per hour.

After 5 p.m. weekdays, and all day weekends and holidays, both levels of the parkade are open to public parking. During these times, any additional time over the first two hours will be charged a $2 flat fee.

A new Pay by Plate system will be used in the parkade. It provides technology for registering the licence plate of vehicles parked, to record and monitor parking activity and manage enforcement. It also offers more convenience to the parkade user.

“The new construction developments coming on board will help to complete the long-standing vision for Centre in the Park,” adds Diehl Townsley. “These developments will add to the vitality of the area that’s become a community hub. More news on these developments will be coming later.”

In collaboration with the developer of Lot 4, the County is exploring the potential to build more underground parking for Centre in the Park. Pending a feasibility report, business case and budget approval considerations, the County may consider building and operating a portion of the underground parking in the new development for public and staff use. Developers are required to ensure adequate parking for their residential and commercial properties.

Centre in the Park is a multi-use area being developed as a sustainable community in Sherwood Park. It combines municipal services, local government, residences, businesses and retail services, and inviting public spaces. Centre in the Park’s anchor building is the Strathcona County Community Centre. Within this district are other amenities such as Broadmoor Lake Park, Festival Place and links to the County’s Heritage Trail system.

More information about the Centre in the Park parking changes,  and the parking options that take effect on March 2 

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Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595