Motorists late for a Flames game or urgently craving a batch of mini donuts could someday avoid lines at the Calgary Stampede grounds entrance gate if officials adopt a well-tested parking technology.
Calgary Parking Authority (CPA) head Troy McLeod said discussions have begun between his organization and the Stampede about potentially outfitting their parking lots with the ParkPlus system, which utilizes patented metres and mobile payment options.
“The biggest thing would be traffic control,” McLeod said. “You could be buying popcorn and paying for your parking on your cellphone at the same time.”
The CPA is currently in the process of evaluating the cost of installing ParkPlus at the site of the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” but Stampede spokesperson Doug Fraser stressed no formal decision has been made on using the technology.
“It’s far from being complete,” he said of the proposal, before adding that it was not clear whether the technology would result in lower parking prices for users.
Other municipalities have also approached the CPA inquiring about the ParkPlus technology.
Officials from Edmonton were in town to discuss the benefits of the system on Monday, McLeod said.