City to resume metered parking fees June 29

The City of Kingston, which is continuing to re-introduce normal functions after suspending many in March in response to COVID-19, will be resuming parking fees at metered spaces on Monday, Jun. 29, 2020.

The payment sign above a meter at the Robert Bruce Memorial Parking Garage. Payments for parking resume at most municipal sites on Monday, Jun. 29, 2020. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

This return to parking fees will apply to all on-street metered parking spaces, all metered parking lots, and all parking garages that the city operates, and comes after the City already partially reinstated hourly parking around the Kingston General Hospital (KGH) and Queen’s University sites. That decision prompted healthcare workers to create a petition asking for the parking to remain free, at least for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Though the city will begin collecting for metered spaces, not all spaces or parking regulations are returning quite yet. All spaces that aren’t metered will remain free, and none of the city’s on-street time-of-day regulations are being re-introduced to help provide longer-term parking options for those who need them.

Residents looking to pay for parking through contact-less options, can still use the HonkMobile application from a smartphone, as all municipal lots and on-street accessible spaces are supported by the app.

An example of a HonkMobile sign at a municipal lot. Residents can use the app as a contactless method to pay for parking at municipal lots. Kingstonist file photo.

The city will also be extending monthly municipal parking permits are also being extended at no additional cost, providing parking to permit holders through July 2020.

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