Paid Parking in West Vancouver!

Starting February 12, West Vancouver residents and visitors alike will notice a change in parking dynamics at some of the district's beloved parks. Lighthouse, Nelson Canyon, and Whytecliff Parks are transitioning to a pay-parking model, with drivers expected to pay $3.75 per hour plus taxes and fees or risk facing a $98 ticket.This decision stems from a move by the District of West Vancouver council in May 2023, aimed at generating revenue and covering maintenance costs for these popular parks, which have experienced a surge in visitation in recent years.To facilitate the payment process, visitors can either scan a QR code posted in the parking lots and pay online or utilize smartphone apps like hangTag or PayByPhone. Imperial Parking (Impark) has been contracted by the district for signage, revenue collection, and enforcement, with revenue estimates of approximately $255,000 annually from the available 253 parking stalls.However, there's a perk for current West Vancouver residents who may be exempted from hourly rates but are required to pay an annual fee of $20 per vehicle and register their vehicle information with Impark. This exemption was granted by the council due to the substantial contribution of property taxes towards park maintenance.Warning signs regarding these changes will be installed by Impark employees, with a grace period for warnings before ticketing begins. District staff will monitor the program's implementation and its potential impacts, including whether it redirects parking to nearby streets, and will report back to the council in six months.This initiative mirrors the pay parking scheme introduced at Lynn Canyon Park by the District of North Vancouver in 2021, indicating a broader trend in managing park access and revenue generation.