Township of Severn implements waterfront parking permits for the 2021 season

"We must put the health and safety of our residents first"

The Township of Severn is the latest Simcoe County municipality to implement waterfront parking permits in an effort to control overcrowding at waterfront amenities.

Starting June 14, only vehicles with valid resident permits will be allowed to park at Washago Centennial Park and use the adjacent boat launch.

“While we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to our area, we must put the health and safety of our residents first,” said Mayor Mike Burkett. “Last year, we saw how quickly our natural amenities became overcrowded despite public health restrictions and provincial direction to avoid travel. This short-term solution allows us to limit the number of people using the Washago boat launch and promote physical distancing and safe outdoor spaces.”

In addition, through partnership agreements with the Township of Ramara and City of Orillia, Severn residents can also receive permits for neighbouring community locations.

In Ramara, Severn residents can get a free parking permit for Bluebird Park, Lagoon City Beach and Park, Lovely Day Park and The Steps (on-street parking).

The agreement with the Township of Ramara also entitles Ramara residents to free parking in Severn.

In Orillia, Severn residents can purchase an annual parking and boat launch permit for $50 plus a $5 administration fee. The locations for paid parking include Couchiching Beach Park, Centennial Park, Veterans’ Memorial Park and J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park lots and surrounding streets and the Couchiching Beach Park and Collins Drive boat launches. Anyone can park and launch their boat without a parking permit from Monday to Thursday, except for public holidays.

Severn residents can get their parking permits for Severn, Ramara and Orillia as early as May 31 at severn.ca/parking. Permits will be mailed to those who cannot print their permit at home. Residents must provide their local address and licence plate number. Permits are non-transferable and limited to two permits per Severn household. Renters in Severn are also eligible to receive a parking permit.

Parking passes must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of vehicles with the corresponding licence plate number.

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