As of midnight on December 1st, winter parking restrictions kick in across the City of Barrie. No parking on city streets between the hours of midnight and 7am (or 3am and 7am in the downtown core) to allow for easier snow clearing operations.
But what happens if you have a little too much holiday cheer and can’t drive home?
The city’s downtown parking restrictions don’t apply to municipal parking lots including the Collier Street Parkade. A City Hall spokesperson says people can park in any of the downtown lots overnight, while some are paid parking spots; paid parking is enforced 24/7 at the Spirit Catcher lot, as well as all waterfront lots. Resident parking passes can be used at the latter.
Some lots at recreation centres have “no overnight parking” signs posted, as anyone parking in these lots would risk a ticket or even a tow truck.
Meanwhile, folks heading downtown for a holiday shopping trip can park on city streets throughout the day, free for two hours during the month of December. Standard parking rates apply in municipal lots and the Collier St. Parkade.