Town Launching Paid Parking Pilot Project on Labour Day Weekend

August 18, 2020
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The Town of Collingwood is launching a new Paid Parking Pilot Project at Sunset Point Park and Princeton Shores. This pilot will be in operation beginning on Friday, September 4 (Labour Day Weekend) and will operate until October 10, 2020 (Thanksgiving Weekend).  Paid parking will be enforced Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays during the pilot. The project will test an app-based, online-based payment method for parking that increases the user experience and reduces interactions and touchpoints. Parking fees will be $5.00 per hour, and fees will be waived at the Resident-Only Parking Lot on the east end of Sunset Point Park near the Water Treatment Plant.

As the Town responds to and recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to provide essential services and alternative service delivery opportunities, testing new ideas for parking operations is crucial. Our traditional parking operations feature significant interaction with people, paper, cash, and pay stations. Given the risk associated with traditional interactions during a pandemic, and for the safety of members of our community and the travelling public, Staff are testing this contactless solution, shifting from physical to digital operations. Using an app-based payment method could also reduce capital and maintenance costs associated with traditional parking meters.

Anyone displaying a valid Accessible Parking Permit or having a valid Ontario Veteran Licence Plate is exempt from paying to park in any municipal parking area.  

Paying for parking online, for Sunset Point and Princeton Shores, will be available in one of two different methods:

  1. Download the HotSpot Parking App and pay by credit card (
  2. Scan the NFC/QR code on the parking signs and pay through Apple Pay or Google Pay

During the pilot project, Town of Collingwood Municipal Law Enforcement Officers will ticket and/or tow vehicles that have not paid for parking at Sunset Point Park and Princeton Shores. The set fine is $30 in addition to applicable towing fees. Officers will be equipped with License Plate Recognition technology and will be strictly enforcing paid parking.

Using the Hotspot Parking App easily lets you pay, extend, and manage your parking session. Use the app wherever you see HotSpot signs and decals, pay for your parking session from your phone, and be on your way.

  1. Download the HotSpot Parking App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Create an account with your mobile phone number or email address.
  3. Park anywhere you see HotSpot Parking App signs and decals.
  4. Pay for your parking session from your phone.
  5. Extend your time remotely if you’d like to stay longer.
  6. Receive digital copies of your parking receipts through the app.

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