Westerner Park CEO Mike Olesen says a number of steps to reduce financial pressures have already been taken. (Advocate file photo.)

Parking fees eliminated at Westerner Park

The change will be reflected in a small facility fee on tickets

Central Albertans will no longer be hit with a parking fee at Westerner Park.

In response to public concern about parking and potential rising costs, the organization decided to eliminate parking fees.

Westerner Park will now charge a small facility fee on each ticket for events at the facility but added the new fee structure will lower the overall cost to guests.

“We are continually looking for opportunities to enhance the value for our guests and to ensure that our community has a place to come together and celebrate,” said Western Park CEO Mike Olesen.

“The changes to our parking strategy is a benefit to our community and we feel it is one example of how we are increasing our value to our guests.”

The previous parking fee was anywhere from $7 to $10 and there was a $1 fee facility fee on each ticket. Going forward, guests will see a $1 to $2 facility fee on event tickets. Westerner Park noted the old parking fee structure will still be in place for the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships.

According to a press release, the previous parking fee helped cover maintenance of the parking facilities. In the new model, the modest facility fee combined with reducing the operating costs of parking administration will ensure the health of our facilities while also improving guest experience.

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