Managing parking demand in our parks
The District is home to several destination parks and attractions popular with locals, visitors from across the region, and tourists.
In recent years, a growing number of visitors to these parks has led to more traffic and parking challenges, especially during peak months. To help improve the experience for park visitors, we are introducing new tools to manage vehicle parking demand, such as pay parking.
Pay parking encourages more parking turnover, which provides greater access to parks daily for more visitors who choose to drive. Pay parking can also influence travel behaviour by incentivizing park visitors to choose more sustainable ways to get to their destination, like walking, cycling, carpooling, and public transit, which aligns with the District’s carbon emission reduction goals.
Seasonal pay parking at Lynn Canyon Park
From 2021-2022, we introduced a pay parking pilot program at Lynn Canyon Park that aimed to manage motor vehicle parking demand at the parking lot during the peak season.
After a successful pilot period, pay parking at Lynn Canyon Park is in effect for the 2023 pay parking season and onward. Parking is $3 per hour for a maximum of 4 hours. Revenue collected goes to District Parks capital improvements and operations and program costs for pay parking.
Other measures to manage demand at Lynn Canyon Park include maximum parking duration, planned bicycle racks and Lime e-bike share parking, and improved travel and visitor webpage information.
Seasonal passes for DNV residents
District residents can purchase a seasonal DNV Park Parking Pass ($10) that allows them to park in the Lynn Canyon Park parking lot without paying the hourly rate. Vehicles with a disability decal are exempt from payment at the lot.
Other destination DNV parks
We are considering pay parking as a demand management tool for other destination parks that experience peak season vehicle capacity issues, including Deep Cove Park, Panorama Park, and Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen. The continued popularity of these parks requires parking management strategies to improve park visitor experience, circulation, and safety.