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New 3-hour parking signs will soon be installed in the Town’s downtown core. The goal of three-hour parking is to ensure spaces are available for shoppers and customers of businesses in the area. The parking signs will be in place permanently pending a review by Council in early 2021… read the full Media Release HERE.
“High River has unique businesses that are popular with both residents and visitors. Time limited parking will ensure more turnover to enable people to find parking spots. Parking remains free downtown, and we encourage people who need to park longer to choose nearby free public parking lots. We know it takes time to change habits, which is why we are phasing this in and giving people the summer months to get used to this new bylaw. When people see the map, they will realize it is not a far walk to their business destination from any public parking lot – and probably closer than they would park in a mall. Why not enjoy the scenery, make a few other stops and get your steps in?” Mayor Craig Snodgrass
Downtown Parking Media Release June 26 (PDF)
Downtown Parking FAQ (PDF)
Downtown Parking Map (Printable PDF)
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Downtown Parking FAQ
June 2020

Why is the Town bringing in a 3-hour limit on downtown parking?

  • Setting a time limit on street parking will encourage turnover of vehicles which will free up space for more people to park in the downtown area.

When is the 3-hour limit in effect?

  • Parking restrictions will be in place weekdays only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The restricted parking does not apply to weekends or Holidays.

What happens if I park for longer than 3 hours?

  • During the summer, the focus will be offering education about available off-street parking. Enforcement of the new Traffic Bylaw will not begin until September. A violation could lead to a warning, a ticket or your vehicle being towed.

I work all day downtown. Where am I supposed to park?

  • Parking spots are available in the public lots off Macleod Trail by Town Hall and on the CP Rail lands. Parking maps and handouts will be available at businesses, Visitor Information Centre and on the Town’s website.

What if I need help finding a parking spot?

  • You can ask any Town staff working in the downtown area for help. They will be doubling as parking ambassadors while carrying out other duties, to answer questions and assist people with finding parking spots. A map is also available on the Town website showing all available parking in the area.

What effect will this have on accessible parking?

  • There will be no changes to existing handicap parking in the downtown core.

What is the Town doing to help delivery drivers access my business?

  • The Town will be designating some parking spots as 15 minutes only for quick stops and for trucks loading and unloading supplies for downtown businesses.

Does the Town plan to charge for parking in the downtown core?

  • Parking on the street and in public lots remains free. There are no plans to bring in parking charges.

Who do I call if I notice a vehicle is parked repeatedly violating the three-hour limit?

  • Please contact Foothills Municipal Enforcement. 403-603-6300


For more information contact:
Town of High River