The City of Kenora has announced that beginning April 1 those parking downtown on Saturdays will have to pay. The announcement has drawn a mixed reaction from residents.

Q104 and KenoraOnline took to the street to get the opinion of residents.

One resident who is against the enforced parking said it will effect businesses.

"If the parking is free on Saturdays then people will be more willing to come and visit the downtown core," they said.

Another person doesn't think the city needs the revenue.

"I think the town gets enough money from their parking meters. I don't think they need anymore. I don't think it's a good idea," they said.

But not everyone thinks it's a negative change for the city.

One resident said the free parking is being abused.

"I think it's a good idea because the parking on Saturdays is plugged up mainly by employees from downtown," they explained.

Their sentiments were echoed by another Kenora resident.

"It's good revenue for the city, gives someone a job, and it stops people from parking on the street all day,"

Day use parking in the city cost is $1 per hour, Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. excluding public holidays and Sundays.

Meters are set at a rate of $1 per hour, accepting quarters and $1 and $2 coins.

The city also offers free daily parking at the Kenora Recreation Centre back lot, A & W ball field, Garrow Park, Keewatin beach, Norman Park, McLeod Park (3 hours maximum), Keewatin Memorial Arena front lot, JM Baseball field, and the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre (4 hours maximum).

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