I want to talk about why I am against the introduction of parking fees at key park locations around the city. My platform discusses the need for accessible and equitable services and spaces. This introduction of parking fees affects this goal and generates minimal revenue.
Like many, I’m excited for the opportunities to make memories in the great park spaces throughout our River Valley, especially after the long year we just endured. Unfortunately, this is going to become more difficult for some people as early as Spring 2022 when the Reimagine Edmonton Plan adds parking fees to parks.
Accessibility matters and Edmonton must provide equal access to all citizens. Coming out of the COVID-19 Pandemic, park spaces are more important now than ever before for people to connect and engage with one another.
When we reimagine the future of our city, we absolutely need to think about recovering costs and increasing efficiency. Yet, it must be with the lens of maintaining equal access to services and amenities. I'll make sure to ask critical questions about who will be affected and what the repercussions will be from these decisions.
The future of our city should be a legacy of accessibility, equity, and financial stewardship. We will create that legacy with the decisions we make right now. Let's move forward, together, by leaving no one behind.