FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006
CITY TO OVERSEE DOWNTOWN PARKING
Medicine Hat – The City of Medicine Hat resumes management of off-street downtown parking
from the City Centre Development Agency (CCDA) this weekend.
Management of downtown parking includes the sale of parking passes for the Choke Cherry,
Linden, and Cottonwood parking lots, and the second and third levels of the Transit Terminal
Parkade. The City also provides routine maintenance such as snow and ice control, line
painting, sweeping, litter control, vandalism repair and sign maintenance.
In January 2004, the City Centre Development Agency (CCDA) took over marketing of off-street
parking lots in the downtown area. In April 2006, the City received notice that the CCDA wished
to terminate the agreement effective Sept. 24, 2006.
“We’ve done everything to make the transfer of the management of downtown parking back to
the City as seamless as possible for our customers,” says Tim Scory, Manager of Operations,
Municipal Works. “Nothing has changed. Visitors can still park four hours free at Cottonwood Lot
and the second level Transit Parkade. The costs also remain the same for the remainder of the
Current fees for parking passes range from $35 to $45 per month/$400 to $500 per year.
Medicine Hat’s fees for off-street parking are comparable to the fees charged in Red Deer and
Lethbridge. Pending Council approval, there will be a 3.5 per cent inflationary increase to fees
for 2007 and 2008.
“Current pass holders have been contacted by the City to notify them that the City is taking over
management of downtown parking,” adds Scory. “If you have any questions about downtown
parking contact the Municipal Works department at 529-8177.”
Residents can purchase monthly or yearly passes (January to December) at the cashiers’ desk
at City Hall.
In 2007, the Municipal Works department plans to review off-street parking, which will include a
public consultation meeting to gain feedback from residents.
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For further information, please contact:
Tim Scory Jody Lamb
Manager of Operations, Municipal Works Corporate Communications Manager
City of Medicine Hat City of Medicine Hat
(403) 529-8179 (403) 502-8071
MUNICIPAL WORKS DEPARTMENT
DOWNTOWN What about accessibility?
All City owned off-street
Are passes interchangeable between lots?
No. This is because there are a certain amount
OFF-STREET PARKING parking lots have designated of passes available for each lot. Some lots are
accessible parking stalls. for pass holders only and these lots may already
be fully subscribed. Other lots are a mix of daily
and monthly parking so that members of the
public have a variety of parking options. They can
Where can I park off-street in downtown How much do passes cost? however be used for any vehicle.
Medicine Hat? Costs are as follows:
You can ﬁnd a location map on the back of this • Chokecherry Lot $45 month/$500 year
brochure. The lots available are parking for pass • Linden Lot $45 month/$500 year Why do I have to sign a parking agreement?
holders only, daily parking or a combination of • Cottonwood Lot $45 month, no yearly The parking agreement is your proof of purchase.
both. Please note that the Cottonwood Lot has • Transit Terminal Parkade It outlines the terms and conditions that both
been sold to a third party for development. Passes Level 2 general: parties agree to undertake. The City of Medicine
for this lot are available on a month-by-month $35 month/$400 year Hat may need to contact you about your pass, for
basis only. Level 2 reserved/plug-in stall: example if we carry out parking lot repairs.
$45 month/$500 year
Where can I buy a parking pass? $35 month/$400 year What if I lose my pass?
You can buy monthly or yearly passes at the Simply bring your parking agreement to Municipal
cashiers’ desk at City Hall. Yearly passes are Can I buy a partial month pass? Works and they will issue a duplicate.
available for January to December. This is Yes. If you purchase your monthly pass after the
because parking rates are subject to change each 15 of that same month, your monthly pass is half
calendar year. You simply buy 12 monthly passes price.
in January to receive the discounted yearly price.
The cashiers accept cheques, cash and interact. Can I get a refund if I change my mind about
where I park?
Yes. Simply bring the unused parking pass and
your parking agreement to Municipal Works. They
are able to issue a cheque request for future Questions?
months, but not for the current month. For general questions, maintenance or to report a
broken ticket machine, please contact:
City of Medicine Hat
188 Kipling St SE
Medicine Hat, Alberta
(403) 529 8177