Just months after new parking fees were introduced at Komoka Provincial Park, there’s calls for the government to remove them.
London West NDP MPP Peggy Sattler took a stand at Queen’s Park on Monday.
“I am concerned that these new fees will reduce the number of park visitors and negatively affect community health and well being. In fact, I’ve already heard from many residents of London West who say they will no longer be able to afford to visit the park.”
The new hourly and daily rates came into effect on August 1st, ranging in price from $5.25 to $14.50.
Sattler says she’s disappointed by the government’s decision to start charging hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the park.
“Access to the natural environment not only makes people happier and more relaxed, it also makes them healthier with reduced stress, improved mental health well being and lower risk for chronic disease.”
New parking lots were recently built at Gideon Drive and Komoka Road to access hiking trails.
“There was no call for a paved parking lot, and it’s hard to see these fees as anything other than a cash grab,” Sattler said. “A cash grab that is likely to get bigger each year given the Liberal government’s decision to index all government fees to inflation.”
According to ministry officials, the fees were to be used to improve the park.