Is the move towards paid parking in the City of Thunder Bay’s $65 million plus (soon to be 90 million plus) premier tourist destination and the recent request by the City of Thunder Bay for park goers to use parking spaces in the downtown core telling us that the City of Thunder Bay’s $65 million plus (soon to be 90 million plus) premier tourist destination is short on public parking? Interesting.
Yes, some parking spaces are being added at the south end of the park but I expect other spaces at the north end (festival area) will eventually be eliminated when that area gets redeveloped and upgraded.
This has always been a problem with putting all of our tourism eggs in one basket. A very small basket. The strip of land that is known as Marina Park is limited in size. It is wedged between railway tracks and grain elevators.
In that small wedge of land, our high salaried residents of City Hall are cramming as many facilities as possible. Hosting as many events as possible. Two condo towers and maybe a hotel plus maybe several private commercial properties. And they are surprised that there is not enough public parking spaces?
Remember this was the parking strategy for the $120 million plus hockey rink as well….take parking spaces away from the downtown business community