Smiths Falls to examine parking issues in downtown core

September 28, 2017 by

SFDowntownIt’s easy to park in downtown Smiths Falls if you’re shopping or only stopping for a short time, but if you live downtown, parking can be a challenge that’s not likely to see a quick solution.

It may be a while before people who live downtown see a solution to their parking woes. The re-design of Beckwith Street is likely to see angled parking eliminated adding more pressure on parking slots off the main drag.

Meanwhile residents in the downtown would like to see long term parking added so that they’re not subjected to the two hour enforced parking restrictions that characterize the neighbourhood.

It’s a good problem to have according to CAO Malcolm Morris, it suggests a healthy downtown, but finding a solution is going to take some time and a lot of planning. “I look at it as a good issue," said the CAO. "It’s a sign of a healthy downtown if people can’t find parking, so we’re going to examine the broader issue and I think it’s worth noting that the Beckwith re-design project will look at parking in the immediate vicinity of Beckwith."

He admits that type of parking is typically short term parking, but says that discussion on the issue at this week's council meeting revealed, "that we need to cast the net further and look at long term parking needs as well.”

In the meantime the town is reminding residents that the two hour parking restriction is only enforced between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  and there is affordable long-term, daytime parking in the municipal lot on Market Street.