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More public parking now available in downtown Sidney

Sidney, BC.;

Thirty-five free public parking spaces have returned to Sidney, steps away from Beacon Avenue.

Parking Lot B, located at the site of the former Fire Hall between Third and Second Street, just north of Beacon Avenue, has re-opened after a two-year closure with the completion of the Oceanna Building. The public parking area was listed as a requirement in the land sale agreement between the Town of Sidney and the developer, with the parking lot leased back to the Town at no charge.

All 35 parking spaces currently have a three-hour time limit between 9am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday to ensure they support short-term visits to the downtown area. Similar to other Town-operated parking lots, no overnight parking is permitted.

“This lot offers what many community members and local business owners have been seeking: free short-term parking close to shops. With new bike racks being piloted in downtown Sidney, and an Active Transportation Plan planned for 2022, the Town continues to look at ways to make transportation of all kinds more convenient,” said Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith.

In addition to free time-restricted on-street parking, there are seven public parking lots in downtown Sidney with total of 371 parking spaces. A map outlining public parking lots in Sidney, and associated time-restrictions, can be found here at www.sidney.ca.