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Delta imposing summer parking rules again for Boundary Bay

The allocated time period for parking was previously extended from two to three hours
Centennial Beach shuttle, Delta BC
Delta staff note that with the impact of COVID-19 on the regional park system, it was felt that it is important to maintain last year's program and accelerate the start date.

Delta council this week approved the Boundary Bay Permit Parking Program returning for 2021.

The restrictions will be in place from May 1 and Sept. 8 on weekends and holidays.

The city will also undertake public consultation with residents on further traffic calming measures in Boundary Bay.

The parking lot at Centennial Beach during nice weather has been exceeding capacity, resulting in long traffic queues, illegal parking along Boundary Bay Road as well as spillover traffic entering the neighbourhood.

Following many complaints and a survey of residents indicting strong support for a pilot program, restrictions went into effect from last June to September.

Boundary Bay residents were provided permits to allow them to park on the streets and boulevards without time limitations.

Visitors were provided with approximately 65, three-hour time limited parking spaces along 4 Avenue, 3 Avenue, 1A Avenue by the boat launch and 66 Street south of 1A Avenue.

In addition to the permit parking program, Metro Vancouver established a shuttle bus service to transport visitors between the South Delta Recreation Centre and Centennial Beach.

Further consultation was undertaken by the city earlier this year and the majority of respondents favoured maintaining the program.

Some responses in support noted that the parking restrictions should be extended to include weekdays, and that vehicles parked in violation of the restrictions should be fined as opposed to handing out warning tickets to promote better compliance.

The report, however, also notes other responses felt that time limited three-hour visitor parking was not long enough to enjoy the beach, that parking permits should be available for all Delta residents and that there were inadequate spots available near the 1A Avenue boat launch.

Staff will review the program at the end of the year and report back to council.