Westboro Street Parking to Remain Free

February 12, 2013 6:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Merchants, shoppers and local residents all breathed a sigh of relief when a consultant’s  report to the City of Ottawa’s Transportation Committee recommended against starting to charge for street parking on Richmond Road in the heart of Westboro’s commercial district.  Consultants concluded that there is plenty of parking available in Westboro – both free and paid, and that drivers simply need help finding it.

The City’s Transportation Committee had asked staff to study whether the City should start charging in order to keep parking spaces turning over regularly so there are always spaces for newly-arriving shoppers.  The consultants concluded that while Westboro’s commercial district is getting busier, “the study does not recommend introducing paid parking at this time.”

The report recommends that the City erect better signage to help shoppers, who cannot find a free street parking space, to locate the paid parking garages in the area, most of which are not being fully utilized.  The report found that the underground public parking lot at Westboro Station and Vinci’s surface parking lot on Picton Avenue were less than 50 per cent occupied during peak times.

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