Letter: Port Moody should turn vacant fire hall land into a public parking lot

The Editor,

Re. "Use former PoMo fire hall land for food trucks and pop-up park" (Letters, tricitynews.com, July 10).

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Regarding the former Port Moody fire hall land, until city council can decide what to do with it, why couldn’t this be opened up for public parking, with a standard four-hour parking limit?

There have been many times trying to find above ground parking, to go to city hall, the public library and the recreation complex has been extremely difficult. Finding parking worsens when events such as the annual art show and the Christmas craft fair are on.

The shops, restaurants and other businesses at Newport Village would probably see an increase in customers since on-street parking is quite limited there as well. For people visiting family or friends at Eagle Ridge Hospital and Crossroads Hospice who don’t mind a short walk and don’t want to pay for parking at the hospital, an interim parking lot would be helpful.

This suggestion would be the least expensive to maintain for the city until a decision can be made about what to do with the former fire hall land.

Fay Wright, Port Coquitlam

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