Starting tomorrow, there will be fewer free parking spaces in Collingwood.
As of Sept. 4, the Town of Collingwood will require parking fees be paid for town-owned lots at Sunset Point and Princeton Shores.
The exception will be the residents-only parking lot at the east end of Sunset Point, which will remain free and available only to Collingwood residents.
Those parking in the town lots will have to pay via the HotSpot parking app with a credit card, or with Apple or Google Pay. The fee is $5 per hour. To pay with Apple or Google Pay, you can scan the QR code posted at the parking spot.
For those who wish to use the paid parking lots but do not have a smartphone, it will take a little extra planning.
Permits for Sunset Point Park will be available at town hall in advance or at The Chipper during hours of operation. Permits to park at Princeton Shores will also be available at town hall in advance. Collingwood town hall is currently open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and is closed to the public the rest of the week.
Anyone displaying an accessible parking permit or an Ontario veteran licence plate will not have to pay to park in any municipal lot or space.
Parking fees for downtown lots and street parking will remain in place with regular methods of payment (parking meters and kiosks) available. As of tomorrow, people will be able to use the HotSpot parking app or Apple or Google Pay to pay for parking at those locations as well.
Parking at municipal parking lots and on side streets is $0.75 per hour. Parking on Hurontario Street is $1 per hour.