New West Edmonton parking restriction program sparks community controversy – Edmonton

Wolf Willow in west Edmonton is home to a popular ravine trail that connects to a scenic lookout, an off-leash dog park, a pedestrian bridge over the North Saskatchewan River, and a grand staircase.

But as of November 1, only residents can park in the immediate vicinity.

One of the residents who lobbied the town for the parking restriction declined an interview and giving his name, but said there were so many people accessing the river valley that there were had road safety issues, increased crime and waste.

The man said it was not a case of NIMBYism (not in my garden).

Sipiwiyiniwak Ward Councilor Sarah Hamilton says she encouraged residents to push for their own solution.

“An overwhelming majority of people who live in this neighborhood supported a parking program, which also limited their own access to parking,” Hamilton said.

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But this particular program only applies to 99 houses in the area closest to the access to the river valley.

Doug Murray lives just outside the new restricted area. He said when the no-parking signs were put up in October, he noticed the congestion right away.

“There was disproportionate traffic in our small, keyhole crescent. “

It was then that he and his wife noticed that everyone was flocking to the ravine and saw the new signs prohibiting visitors from parking.

“They’re going to end up parking in the croissants here, behind me, across the street,” Murray said.

“I feel like a victim, to tell you the truth.”

He is upset that the other residents of Wolf Willow weren’t consulted about the decision and said that instead of fixing the issue, the city has simply moved him.

Murray also believes everyone should have easy access to the ravine. With the change, the closest parking spots to the trailhead are now eight minutes or 650 meters away.

“There are going to be gong shows all over this neighborhood, but the people here [in the restricted area] get a total pass. It’s just not fair, ”he said.

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The DeHanns have just discovered Wolf Willow Ravine, coming from southwest Edmonton to train on the stairs.

“I would say it’s a little unfortunate. We just discovered a really nice walk, a beautiful area, and we would love all Edmontonians to see it, ”said Jolena DeHaan.

“We were just talking about bringing guests from out of town for a walk like this, but they should be able to access it. It was difficult, even for us, to figure out where to park and how to get there.

Her husband, Brian DeHaan, said he can sympathize with the owners to some extent.

“They could be inconvenienced by the additional pedestrian and automobile traffic. Hopefully there is a balance to be struck between access and respect for their privacy.

The city suggested allowing parking just along the ravine, on one side of the street, in front of the houses.

It’s an idea Murray thinks is a great compromise, allowing access and reducing traffic jams.

But residents of the parking exemption zone disagreed.

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“There was a feeling at the time that it wouldn’t curb this anti-social behavior,” Hamilton explained.

She said everyone deserves to feel safe in their community.

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But outdoorsman Oskar Urbanski said residents should work with trail users to find a solution.

“For some people to have a voice and others to be compromised because of that voice, I don’t find that there is that balance.”

As for Murray, he said winter would not be as much of a problem as pedestrian access is reduced due to the cold weather.

“But in the spring you bet your last dollar that there will be people with guns.”

The changes are part of a one-year pilot program. Non-residents who park in the residents-only area will have a grace period over the next month to adjust to the new rules. After that, the fine is $ 100.

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The city said closer parking spaces are allocated for people with reduced mobility and have accessible parking plates.

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Regarding the comments, Darryl Mullen, General Supervisor of Traffic Control and Parking for Traffic Operations, said: “We will collect information during the test and afterwards to evaluate the program. test and determine what the long-term solution might be. “

Mullen said that after the end of the year, “a follow-up survey will be carried out both inside and outside the testing area, covering approximately 260 homes on Community League property. Westridge Wolf Willow Country Club at the Wolf Willow Stairs “.

“We will give equal attention to comments from the general public, as well as comments and data on traffic jams and road safety that we collect from 311, law enforcement and emergency services,” he said. he declared.

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