Do you think the parking reservation system at Lake Buntzen is a good idea? The objective is to reduce traffic problems on the roads near the lake. But hikers worry that the half-day passes aren’t long enough to do some of the popular hikes.
BC Hydro is now considering day passes for parking at Buntzen Lake after hikers raised concerns about half-day parking.
The utility company, which runs the popular hiking and picnic area in Anmore, has announced that from June 27 new parking regulations will be in place, requiring visitors to register for a parking space the day before their arrival.
Drivers will be required to show proof of registration before being allowed to enter the park.
The parking passes, which would only be for half a day, would be too short for hikers trying to do some of the longer hikes at Eagle Mountain that start at the lake, according to hikers.
Hydro spokesman Kyle Donaldson said the online parking check-in system at Buntzen Lake is a pilot program and officials will monitor the reservation system this summer for feedback.
“We hear hikers’ concerns about vehicle access changes to the Buntzen Lake parking lot. We are exploring adding a day pass as a booking option. We’ll have more to share as we get closer. of the launch date of the reservation system,” Donaldson said in an email to Tri-City News.
Among the concerns over the new Buntzen Lake parking rules would be traffic issues in Port Moody and Coquitlam, as hikers seek alternative places to park to access popular hiking trails.
“By Hydro’s own admission, many popular trails accessible from Buntzen take the better part of a day to complete – and that’s if you’re fast, ultra-fit and experienced,” wrote Scott Simpson, in his letter about Buntzen’s parking issues. .
Although the passes are only valid for half a day and are tied to a vehicle’s license plate, it’s unclear what would happen if someone stayed past the allotted time.
donaldson said World News that visitors should “respect the time they spend at Buntzen”.
The parking pass system was put in place to ease traffic problems in Anmore, where residents have complained of cars blocking roads and driveways.
As for missing something, Donaldson says the registration system won’t overbook spaces and those who register should be able to find parking when they arrive.
“Our goal is to ensure that all customers with a parking reservation will have a space when they enter Lake Buntzen. The system will not allow overbooking and vehicles without a reservation will be turned away,” he said. .
Hydro is planning a campaign over the next few weeks to inform the public of the parking reservation plan, including updated signage at the park.
Here’s how the new Buntzen Lake parking lot registration system will work
- From June 27, drivers will need to make an online reservation the day before their visit to Buntzen
- Visitors will be asked by staff to produce proof of their reservation. And they must have a digital or printed copy of the reservation with them when they enter the site
- Anyone trying to access the car park without a reservation will be turned away
- No reservations are required for those using public transit or those entering the area on foot
- The reservation system is a pilot project and will be in place until the end of the September long weekend