The City of Burlington will impose a parking fee for boat trailers at the LaSalle Park pier. The pier has only 12 trailer parking spots.
Members of Council agreed to the new fee this week.
The new fee is only for the parking of trailers, not for the launching of boats. The fee will be $20 per day.
In a report to a Committee of Council, staff advised that trailer parking area has become a problem and hopefully the new fee will improve the situation.
“The public boat launch has caused some concern in the park because of the high use of the launch and limited parking…….The consultant suggested that (the fee) might curb some of the congestion with the launch and mitigate parking concerns”.
Staff reported that the LaSalle location is the only public boat launch in the area that has never had a parking fee.
In order to accommodate the new fee the City will implement a parking ticket system known as Honk Mobile. The system allows customers to use the camera on their phone to scan a QR code on a sign and pay for their parking without the need for cash, machines or staff on site.
Staff also advised that they consulted with the Burlington Sailing and Boating Club and the LaSalle Park Marina Association about the new parking fee and both were supportive.
“Both parties noted the issues and congestion at the ramp and thought that implementing a trailer parking fee would help to mitigate some of the issues”.
The City expects to raise over $12,000 per year from the fee. The revenue will be used to pay the $12,600 water lot fee paid annually to the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority.
By Rick Craven