The City of Yorkton wishes to advise that the 2 hour free
parking provision was put in place at the request of customers and business
owners in the downtown district.
public parking areas
Subsequent to their input, a random survey of the public and an extensive
review on the utilization of on street parking was conducted. The objective was
to provide easy, accessible on-street parking for customers to come and shop
freely in the downtown core. The review of on-street parking utilization
established that a large percentage of the parking stalls were being utilized by
employees, thereby limiting the amount of on street parking that was available
Due to employees moving from one side of the block to the other, an amendment
to the Traffic Bylaw was later passed limiting 2 hour free parking on the same
block. What this means is that you may park once in one parking stall up to a maximum of 2 hours between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and may park once again in one parking stall up to a maximum of 2 hours between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Numerous warning tickets were issued prior to any violations actually
being issued. Our Commissionaire is very conscientious with respect to the
issuance of violations and the intent of the bylaw is not to impose a
restriction on customers but to attempt to limit employees of the downtown
business core from utilizing on-street parking extensively.
In an attempt to encourage employees to park in the parking lots versus on
the street the parking lot permit fees were drastically reduced. The Bylaw
provides for permits to be issued for all parking lots, excepting the one on
Second Avenue N. at rates of $10.00 for a monthly permit, $20.00 for a 3 month
permit, $30.00 for a 6 month permit and $50.00 for a yearly permit. Employees
would be required to walk one-half to one block to their place of employment,
but would not be subject to a violation. While an issue is being made of this
matter, free parking has resulted in a positive impact to the downtown business
It is not the responsibility of the City of Yorkton to provide businesses in
the downtown core with parking arrangements for their staff. However, we have
endeavored to provide them inexpensive parking in the parking lots to achieve
the desired effect of having accessible parking for customers.
The City of Yorkton held several meetings with the Downtown Business
Association and all amendments to the Traffic Bylaw have been done in response
to customer and business demand. It is absolutely impossible to please everyone.
If Employees Park on the streets then the customers will once again complain
that they do not have sufficient parking and advise that they will visit the
While the patrons and employees at the Casino did create a concern with
respect to on-street parking, this problem has been alleviated through a lease
with the Casino for a parking lot on Second Avenue N. as well as designating the
parking lot next to their business as paid parking only.
While the solution is certainly not perfect, we have endeavored to try and
meet the needs of the majority of residents in our community.
Our downtown is a vital part of our community and we hope to maintain it as