Parking Concerns During Games?
Prince George, B.C. – With just one day to go until the start of the Canada Winter Games, complaints about downtown parking restrictions have been raised by a handful of downtown business owners
“For the most part from the general public we haven’t had many concerns,” says Fred Crittenden, manager of Bylaw Services with the City of Prince George.
“We’ve had a few concerns from some of the business people about some customer parking being impacted but for the most part we’ve been able to address concerns and it doesn’t seem to be a major impact so far.”
He says the biggest concerns from business owners was the elimination of some hourly and daily parking on a couple of off-street lots.
“Simply because we needed to make room for some Winter Games activities – some of the needs and parking they require. So we had to eliminate a little bit but we still have a lot of off-street parking available.”
Crittenden suggests a lot of residents have been preparing for the parking changes, noting “there’s a lot of monthly lots available and we have seen an increase in sales for the month of February.”
He also admits complaints are more likely once the Games begin.
“The parking restrictions – some of the signs just went up today (Wednesday). We’ll see the bigger impact the end of the week I would imagine.”