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  • Lethbridge Regional Park 'n' Ride Transit Terminal Now Open... includes 293 parking stalls for employees of Downtown

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    The Lethbridge Regional Park 'n' Ride Transit Terminal is a multi-purpose facility that provides residents with a comfortable and safe location to access City transit services. The building is also home to regional transit partners Red Arrow and Highway 3 Connector and adds additional parking options to support growth and development in the downtown.

    The facility which opened to the public on August 28, 2019 and is located at 705 - 5 Avenue South (behind the downtown Post Office).

    The new Transit Terminal will provide residents with a comfortable and safe location to access regional and City transit service that is protected from the weather and offers amenities such as transit pass purchasing and washroom facilities.

    To access real-time transit information visit http://myride.lethbridge.ca or download the Lethbridge Transit app. For more information on the Lethbridge Regional Park 'n' Ride Transit Terminal project visit www.lethbridge.ca/parknride.

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    This building includes a three level parking structure with 293 stalls.

    • A parking staff member is located inside the facility to assist with any of the monthly parking inquires during business hours.
    • A scrambled reserved monthly parking fob for within the Park 'n' Ride Transit Terminal can be purchased inside the facility at the parking information booth.
    • Motorists with a valid monthly Park 'n' Ride fob can park in any stalls located on the covered decks of levels 4 and 5 or the level 6 roof deck.
    • The cost for access to the scrambled reserved monthly parking area is $105 (GST INCLUDED) plus an initial fee for the creation of the 24 hr access fob.
    • Those with a parking fob will have 24 hr access to the facility and the 4. 5 and 6 level parking decks.
    • This is a secure facility with on-site security during transit hours and 24hr camera surveillance.

    Here are some things to know about this new downtown facility.

    Lethbridge Transit Hours of Operation
    Mon-Fri | 5:45 a.m. to midnight
    Sat | 7 a.m. to midnight
    Sun & holidays | 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Visit myride.lethbridge.ca for real-time Lethbridge Transit information.

    Red Arrow Hours of Operation
    Mon-Fri | 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Sat | 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Sun & holidays | 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Visit www.redarrow.ca for more information.

    Highway 3 Connector Hours of Operation
    Mon-Friday | 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Visit www.highway3connector.ca for more information.

    Facility Elevator Hours of Operation
    Mon-Fri | 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Sat-Sun | 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Red Arrow Drop-off & Parking
    Those dropping friends and family off for a Red Arrow trip can do so in front of the elevators on the third level of the parking structure. Riders can then take the elevator or stairs to the main floor waiting area.Parking is available for Red Arrow passengers on level 3. Registration is required at the Red Arrow office prior to departure.

    Site Security
    Security guards are on-site during all operating hours. Video surveillance from 38 different cameras is operational 24/7, 365 days a year.

    Breeze Card Purchases
    Lethbridge Transit breeze cards can purchased at the Red Arrow ticket office during Red Arrow operating hours.

    Lost and Found
    Lots of belongings get left on buses and in the terminal. The lost and found for both local and regional transit can be found at the Red Arrow ticket office. Lost and found items will be collected at the Park 'n' Ride at the end of each day. For those missing an item, they can check at Red Arrow office the following day or call 311.

    Parking
    Parking is available at the Park 'n' Ride facility for a monthly fee of $105. Secure parking is available on levels 4-6 of the parking facility. Those wishing to try the parking, can do so, free of charge, until the end of Oct. Parking fees are expected to take effect on Nov. 1. Those wishing to rent a parking space can talk with the on-site parking administrator or call 311.

    For more information visit www.lethbridge.ca/parknride.


    For More Information head to www.lethbridge.ca/downtownparking



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  • Parklet Program Pilot Launches Downtown - Feedback wanted!

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    If you’re looking for a nice place to enjoy some summer shade, look no further than downtown Lethbridge. The City of Lethbridge, in partnership with the Heart of our City committee, is piloting a new project to provide outdoor seating spaces for downtown businesses in the form of a Parklet.

    A Parklet is a temporary seating area that replaces one or two parking spaces by extending from the sidewalk in front of the business into the street. Parklets were first introduced in 2005 in San Francisco and today are a mainstay in communities small and large, from Fernie, BC to New York, New York.

    More people and more activity creates a more vibrant downtown. Parklets help foster a sense of community by creating places for people to sit, relax, visit and enjoy the city. By converting parking space to people space, Parklets make cities more welcoming and people-friendly. They support local businesses by create a sense of place, beautify the streets and make walkable destinations for residents.

    The pilot program offers two forms of support for businesses interested in establishing a Parklet in front of their business. The first option is financial support for the design and construction of a Parklet including a matching grant up to $1,000. The second option is to borrow the City owned Parklet infrastructure at no cost to the business. With either option, the pilot program will also cover the $300 fee for a Parklet permit.

    As a pilot, the Heart of Our City committee will be gathering community feedback from businesses, customers and clients to determine if this is something that could become a more permanent fixture in downtown Lethbridge in years to come.

    For more information on this and other projects to enhance public spaces in the downtown visit www.lethbridge.ca/publicspaces.

    Residents can give feedback on the Parklet pilot project here.

    To inquire about piloting a Parklet at your downtown location contact Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager at 403-320-3926.


  • Downtown a Focus of City Open House

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    Well-known urban planner Brent Toderian has talked extensively about the importance of public engagement in city development. The cities around the world that are trying new and interesting things, are often the ones having authentic and ongoing conversations with their residents.

    An important piece of this engagement is involving the community in conversations about change. Change can be tough for many reasons. Studies have shown that as humans, we prefer the status quo and we tend to fear loss more than we value gain. Having conversations about change happening in our home can be even more difficult. The nature of where we live is very personal – our relationship with our street, neighbourhood and city is one of the most important relationships in our lives.

    We want, and need to have conversations about change for downtown Lethbridge but that means we need your help. Having more discussions with a broader group of people will help us all learning from each other and rethinking what’s possible for our city.

    Arguably, the downtown faces more pressure for change to status quo than anywhere else in Lethbridge. This is why the City of Lethbridge and its many partners and stakeholders are placing so much attention and effort on managing and coordinating this change.

    With this in mind, the City of Lethbridge is hosting an open house on Tuesday, March 12 from 3-7pm, inviting residents to learn about, and engage in the development of our City. The “Get Involved Community Conversation” will feature opportunities to learn about and engage in conversations on a number of projects occurring across the City.

    The downtown will be a major focus of this event featuring many projects that are being planned or are in various stages of completion within the downtown core. This will include the Downtown Clean and Safe Strategy, Cycling Corridors Functional Study, 3rd Avenue Reconstruction, information on grants and incentive programs, and demonstrations on how to use the parking kiosk and the ‘Way to Park’ app. Stop by to see us and you’ll even get a chance to win a preloaded parking card. For more information on this event, visit https://getinvolvedlethbridge.ca.

    Together with the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ), Chamber of Commerce, and Lethbridge Police Service, the City will be continuing with monthly Downtown Safety Education Seminars. The next event will be held on March 19at Casa from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. titled, Drug Crisis –What’s Really Happening. This is the second seminar with the first being held in late February giving an introduction and overview of this new initiative. We were very pleased with the excellent turn out and look forward to the on-going sessions to be held the third Tuesday of each month. More information, links to past sessions and upcoming topics can be found at www.lethbridge.ca/ourdowntown.

    By building broader, better conversations in our city and our downtown we can get past the mentality that we could never do that in our city and start thinking about how we can.

    I challenge every resident to help our downtown to be the best it can be. With our partners on the Downtown BRZ and the Heart of Our City committee, we encourage you come to events, have conversations and a part of a positive change. To contribute to the content of this column, join the conversation on Twitter (@DowntownLeth) using the hashtag #ourdowntown with yourcomments, questions, ideas and suggestions.


    *This column was featured in the Lethbridge Herald on March 11, 2019.

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