Drumheller's Town Council discussed implementing a new parking system to the Drumheller Valley at a council meeting on Monday.
"As we all know, we have 500,000 visitors come to our valley every summer, and we are just trying to look at alternative revenue streams. With all these visitors, it puts a lot of pressure on the infrastructure of our town. A lot of the costs of that infrastructure currently falls on property taxpayers. We are just looking at alternative ways to generate some revenue to take a bit of the pressure off of property taxpayers," explained Communications Officer for the Town of Drumheller,
During the council meeting, a presentation was made outlining the different options Drumheller could take if the decision was made to follow through.
"The administration presented a couple of options. There was a very technological cloud-based payment program using credit cards. There was also the option of using honesty boxes and whether that would work," continued Fielding. "Obviously there is a huge difference in cost. The first one is a lot of upfront costs, and the other one is relatively cheap. The administration is going to go and look at the various ideas and go back to council on February 11th."
Another option presented was hiring a summer student to be in charge of the parking payments, since the parking fees would only be in place during the high tourist season.
"The idea is that it is the tourist hotspots. We are just discussing how it would work, the months of the year. We want to get help from the tourists to help maintain our beautiful valley and our facilities. We all know that we have issues down at the HooDoos, parking lot, the washrooms there and at the suspension bridge really need some attention. And we really are trying to find some ways to get to do that work," concluded Fielding.