Notion of joint waterfront parking pass with Barrie’s neighbours fails to get much interest

There appears to be little interest from neighbouring communities about setting up a joint waterfront parking pass with Barrie.
Last summer, council directed staff to investigating the feasibility of a parking pass that would allow residents of neighbouring communities to enjoy each other’s waterfront parks and beaches. The idea didn’t get much traction, according to a staff memo.
“Since the adoption of the motion, City of Barrie staff have discussed opportunities with neighbouring municipalities of a joint waterfront parking pass. The Town of Innisfil and Township of Oro-Medonte declined participation at this time in a reciprocal parking pass that would allow both area residents to access their respective beaches free of charge, noting supply constraints, impacts on infrastructure, and safety concerns with the continued presence of the pandemic,” reads the memo.
“Although Springwater and Essa do not have available beach facilities, they felt there was limited value in a contribution from their municipality to reduce or eliminate parking fees for their residents.”
The sale of the passes net the City some revenue, but not a lot. In 2019, the City sold 23 non-resident parking passes for a total of $2,070, while in 2020, the City sold 58 discounted and 21 non-discounted non-resident passes for a total of $7,950. 
“Based on these findings, City staff plan to continue with the existing model that allows the neighbouring municipalities to purchase a non-resident pass at a discounted rate of $90 for the season in comparison to the standard non-resident rate of $130 per season.” 

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