Outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and runners who frequent Komoka Provincial Park will be welcomed with an unwanted change starting August 1st.
While parking was never really an issue for visitors to the day-use park before, new fees will come into effect on holiday Monday. Signs were recently posted at the parking lots on Glendon Drive and Gideon Drive to announce the change, along with changes to the parking lot locations.
Hourly and daily rates will range from $5.25 to $14.50, paid at a kiosk on site. Parking passes are available at a cost of $85 for winter (December 1st to March 31st), $125 for summer (April 1st to November 30th), or $175 for the year (April 1st to March 31st). Passes can be purchased here.
New parking lots have been built at 503 Gideon Drive and 2290 Komoka Road to access hiking trails. Due to an increase in traffic, the existing parking entrances on Glendon Drive and Gideon will be closed.
With the construction of the new parking lots, there are still no washrooms or visitor facilities available.
The 198 hectare park that runs along the Thames River has grown in popularity in recent years as London inches closer.
Although there are no bus routes, or bike lanes to get to the park, an estimated 100,000 people visit each year. Komoka Park was designated a provincial park in 1989.
For Londoners who don’t want to shell out to park, Warbler Woods is a 29 hectare forest with walking paths, located in west London between Commissioners Road and Byron Baseline Road.