97 Hurontario Street, Box 157
Collingwood, ON L9Y 3Z5
T. 705-445-1030 | 705-445-2448
|Downtown Collingwood adds app-based Paid Parking option
|Collingwood, ON [Monday, August 24, 2020] – The Town of Collingwood is adding an app-based parking payment option to paid parking in Downtown Collingwood beginning on Friday, September 4. Parking passes, pay and display, and coin operated payment methods will continue to be available in Downtown Collingwood. This app-based, online-based payment option will enhance the user experience and reduce interactions and touchpoints through the pandemic.
Downtown Parking Fees have not changed:
- Municipal Parking Lots: $0.75/hour
- Parking on Hurontario Street between Sidelaunch Way and Fourth Street: $1.00/hour
- Parking on Side Streets: $0.75/hour
As the Town responds to and recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, and continues to provide essential services and alternative service delivery opportunities, implementing new ideas for parking operations is crucial. Our traditional parking operations feature significant interaction with people, paper, cash, and pay stations. Given the risk associated with traditional interactions during a pandemic, and for the safety of members of our community and the travelling public, Staff are implementing this contactless, digital option in the Downtown. Using an app-based payment method could also one-day reduce capital and maintenance costs associated with traditional parking meters.
This option for Downtown also aligns with Collingwood’s new Paid Parking Pilot Project at Sunset Point Park and Princeton Shores, beginning on the Labour Day Weekend, where parking fees will be $5.00 per hour. Fees will be waived at the Resident-Only Parking Lot on the east end of Sunset Point Park near the Water Treatment Plant.
Paying for parking online, for Downtown Collingwood, Sunset Point Park, and Princeton Shores, will be available in one of two different methods:
- Download the HotSpot Parking App and pay by credit card (www.htsp.ca)
- Scan the NFC/QR code on the parking signs and pay through Apple Pay or Google Pay
Town of Collingwood Municipal Law Enforcement Officers will continue to ticket and/or tow vehicles that have not paid for parking in Downtown Collingwood. The set fine is $30 in addition to applicable towing fees. Officers will be equipped with License Plate Recognition technology and will be strictly enforcing paid parking.
Using the Hotspot Parking App easily lets you pay, extend, and manage your parking session. Use the app wherever you see HotSpot signs and decals, pay for your parking session from your phone, and be on your way.
- Download the HotSpot Parking App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
- Create an account with your mobile phone number or email address.
- Park anywhere you see HotSpot Parking App signs and decals.
- Pay for your parking session from your phone.
- Extend your time remotely if you’d like to stay longer.
- Receive digital copies of your parking receipts through the app.
For further information regarding parking enforcement:
Discover more at www.collingwood.ca/parking
New Back to Business 7 Step Checklist Released by Town of Collingwood based on Economic Recovery Task Force Action Plan
|Collingwood, ON [Monday, June 29, 2020] – On June 15, Town of Collingwood Council approved the recommendation developed by the 14-person Collingwood Economic Support & Recovery Task Force. This Task Force of private and public sector leaders worked tirelessly with Town Staff to develop 6 Item Action Plan within 8 weeks.
The Action Plan encompasses six key strategic areas of focus with specific, measurable objectives attached to each to monitor their impact on Collingwood’s economic recovery:
- Economic Impact Metrics
- Business Support & Recovery Services
- Business & Tourism Relaunch Marketing
- Relaunch Events
- Shop Local Incentive
- Support Social Services
Each Action Item has specific initiatives associated with it, totaling 35 across the entire plan. All of them were either approved by Council or received endorsement for Staff to work more specific recommendations.
Get Ready for Back to Business
Action Item #2, focused on Business Support & Recovery Services, had as one of its main initiatives the promotion of recovery resources available to business through the Business Development Centre in downtown Collingwood. In response, the Get Ready For Back to Business initiative launched this week, providing businesses with an easy to use 7 Step Checklist as they either get ready to open or ramp up their operations if they are already allowed to operate.
- Start by Creating a Plan with the BDC Experts
- Review Sector Specific Re-Opening Resources
- Prepare Appropriate Safety Measures
- Become Aware of Symptom Monitoring and Testing Protocols
- Implement Store Specific Safety Practices
- Promote ‘Shop Safely’ Principles
- Seek Financial Advice and Support
“This 7 Step Checklist is a streamlined set of resources and sector-specific toolkits that business leaders can quickly reference as they feel overwhelmed by all the different information they are receiving,” said Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Town of Collingwood, “And we’ve got the team here at the Business Development Centre ready to answer questions and provide advice as quickly as possible”
Other elements of the Get Ready for Back to Business initiative include:
- a “Shop Safely” poster to put in stores and restaurants that highlights the personal responsibility code adopted by the members of the South Georgian Bay Tourism Association
- an outreach to businesses to find out more about what their greatest recovery needs are, and inform them of all the resources and advice available at the Business Development Centre
- an expanded Digital Service Squad to help any Collingwood businesses create online stores for free, provide social media advertising guidance and advice on search marketing
“We are truly grateful to each member of the Task Force for volunteering their time and expertise to help us develop Collingwood’s economic support and recovery plan,” commented Mayor Saunderson. “We are putting this plan into action immediately, with the Get Ready For Back to Business initiative, and will continue to implement action items in a timely way to support the needs of our businesses as the Province opens up”.
The 7 Step Checklist is available at www.Collingwood.ca/recovery. For more details on the Economic Support and Recovery Plan developed by the Task Force and approved by Council, visit www.Collingwood.ca/TaskForce
|For more information:
Town of Collingwood
705-445-1030 ext 3293
For immediate release: June 23, 2020
The Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market returns this Saturday!
“Your New Outdoor Grocery Store”
The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) is pleased to announce the return of the
Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market, this Saturday, June 27. After an initial delay due to COVID-19,
we have worked with the Town of Collingwood and the local health unit to ensure that we have all
protocols in place to ensure a safe shopping experience for both market vendors and customers.
Come out this Saturday for the first market of the season and enjoy Collingwood’s ‘first outdoor grocery
store’ at the corner of Second and Pine Streets. The market will open from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to
accommodate pre-ordered items and seniors, and will continue to 1 p.m.
Please note that the market will be very different this year and we ask that you please respect physical
distancing and bring a face mask with you. We will be managing inflow of traffic at the one way entrance
along Pine Street as well as arrows will guide you through the market to reach all your favourite
Find out more details on what to expect this Saturday June 27th by checking out our Facebook pages
and details at www.collingwooddowntown.com.
Vendors have been busy planting, growing and baking to offer only the best for our 17th anniversary
season and are finally looking forward to welcoming everyone back. As the growing season becomes
more fruitful, so will the variety of the goods available at the market.
For more information on the market vendors and special activities, as well as information on the
businesses of Collingwood Downtown, please visit our website at www.collingwooddowntown.com and
like us on Facebook at www.facebook/collingwooddowntown and
Brooke Girdwood, Farmers’ Market Manager
[email protected]; 705-445-5595