New parking meters have been installed on Main Street, Ellis Street, Front Street, Nanaimo Avenue and Padmore Avenue in Penticton. (City of Penticton photo)

New parking meters have been installed on Main Street, Ellis Street, Front Street, Nanaimo Avenue and Padmore Avenue in Penticton. (City of Penticton photo)

Penticton adds new parking meters downtown

New parking program put in place to help city recoup COVID-19 related revenue loss

The City of Penticton has started a new metered parking program throughout commercial areas of the downtown.

New parking meters have been installed on Main Street, Ellis Street, Front Street, Nanaimo Avenue and Padmore Avenue.

Despite being installed, the new meters will not be activated for another few weeks, according to a news release from the city.

The new paid parking program was started to help the city recoup lost revenue as a result of the pandemic.

“Residents may have noticed the new pay parking machines on the revitalized blocks of Main Street,” said Penticton’s bylaw services supervisor Tina Mercier. “The expansion of the metered parking program is just one of the measures the city put in place to help to recoup revenue loss as an outcome of COVID-19.”

Paid parking is in effect Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with rates of $2 per hour. Residents that are looking for longer downtown parking can purchase monthly or annual parking permits for city lots through the cashiers at City Hall.

The city has also partnered with the Passport Canada application which can be used to top up the new metres from a mobile device without returning to the vehicle.

The Passport Canada app is available at ppprkca.com. As an incentive, the purchase of $20 worth of parking time will be valued at $25, giving users an extra $5 worth of parking time.

For more information on parking and to review a map of parking in the downtown, visit penticton.ca/parking.

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