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Trailhead Parking Revenues to Sustain Trails and Local Amenities

UXBRIDGE: With over 300km of trails, Uxbridge is designated the Trail Capital of Canada. The trail system within the Township of Uxbridge sees over 100,000 visitors annually, and this number is predicted to grow. With the increase in trail traffic, it has become more difficult for the municipality, landowners, land managers, and volunteer groups to keep up with the pace and costs of necessary maintenance, visitor amenities and services, and trail rescue services/equipment. The Trail Sustainability Project was created to fund enhanced services and amenities such as garbage collection, trail and parking maintenance and washrooms.

The Trail Sustainability project will introduce a pay-to-park system at trailhead locations to generate revenue to support maintenance and improvements to amenities at trailhead sites. Permit parking is being implemented at all trailheads in the Durham Region Forest area and trailheads along Concession 6 and 7. Daily parking permits will cost $6 per day. All funds collected from parking revenue will be directed towards trail improvements. Frequent users of trailheads will be able to purchase yearly parking passes for $75, and Township of Uxbridge residents will be able to obtain a permit at no charge by registering on the parking system.

The Trail Sustainability program has been developed in partnership with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Durham Region Forests, the Township of Uxbridge and local user groups.

The parking system will be managed via a virtual app requiring a smartphone. Users must download a parking app and set up an account. Once at the parking site, users scan a parking sign to pay for and activate their permit at that site. Users move and park at multiple sites on the same day without paying additional parking fees as long as they scan at each new site to activate their permit.

On-site support will be available at impacted parking lots as the system goes live. The Township will host registration clinics in conjunction with the launch to provide support for residents who wish to register for a free permit. Information about how to use the new parking application is available on the app, at the parking location, on the Township website and at:

https://uxbridge.4pay.ca/.

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