The City of Surrey has formally eliminated pay parking at the City Hall parkade and on the streets near Surrey Memorial Hospital.
Council approved a corporate report put forward by Surrey’s Engineering Department. The report asked to “approve the recommendations for 2-hour free parking at the City Hall Parkade and on street parking surrounding Surrey Memorial Hospital”.
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These changes will only apply to P1 of the parkade during city hall and library hours. Other levels of the parkade, currently used by the Civic Hotel and Kwantlen Polytechnic University will remain unchanged.
For Surrey Memorial Hospital, free two hour parking has been approved for the 103 on-street pay parking spots near the facility. Another 2,041 parking spaces operated by Fraser Health or private companies will remain as paid lots for the near future.
According to a city staff estimate, scrapping the paid parking will come at a cost of $850,000 per year in lost revenues for the city.