Winter is coming . . . Parking restrictions in effect

With the first big blast forecasted for this weekend, a few notes from City Hall:

S’No Parking in effect

The City of St. Catharines is putting S’No Parking into effect starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 so crews can remove snow from City streets.

The City urges residents to not park on the road so it can plow streets as quickly and efficiently as possible. S’No Parking will be in effect from 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 to 4p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. A winter storm warning is in effect and Environment Canada is forecasting 15-25 cm of snow is possible starting Saturday morning.

There are no fines associated with S’No Parking. However, parking tickets may be
issued in some cases under the City’s Parking By-law:

  • Parking is prohibited at downtown on-street metered spaces from 3 a.m. to 6
    a.m. Violators may receive a $30 ticket or be towed.
  • Parking on Regional roads is prohibited from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Violators may
    receive a $30 ticket or be towed.
  • Parking is restricted to 12 hours on any street where parking is permitted.
    Vehicles parked on the road for more than 12 hours may receive a $30 ticket or
    be towed.

Free overnight parking is available at both the Ontario Street and Carlisle Street /
Garden Park parking garages. Vehicles must exit the garages by 8 a.m. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/parking for more information about parking.

Visit www.stcatharines.ca/SnoParking for more information about S’No Parking. Report
slippery or dangerous road conditions to 905.688.5600.

City community centres, including the St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, arenas,
older adult centres and the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre, are
expected to be open as usual. City aquatic and recreation programs are running as
scheduled. Any cancellations will be posted online at www.stcatharines.ca, on the City’s
Facebook and Twitter accounts and on Pingstreet, the City’s free smart phone app.

City to open warming centres this weekend

The City’s warming centres at Market Square and the Russell Avenue Community Centre will be available this weekend for anyone who needs a place to keep warm and escape the exceptionally cold temperatures and winter weather elements.

Market Square – 91 King St.

  • Saturday, Jan 19 – 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 20 – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Russell Avenue Community Centre – 108 Russell Ave.

  • Saturday, Jan 19 – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 20 – 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Residents who need to get out of the cold are also welcome to warm up at the
St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre (425 Carlton St.), the Seymour-Hannah Sports
and Entertainment Centre (240 St. Paul St. W.) the St. Catharines Museum and
Welland Canals Centre (1932 Welland Canals Pkwy.) and other City community centres
during business hours. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/WarmingCentres for hours and more
information.

The City will monitor weather forecasts and extend the availability of warming centres
as needed. Those in need of a warm place to go after 6 p.m. are encouraged to use the
Out of the Cold Program. Call 211 for more information.

Residents are encouraged to spread the word about the City’s warming centres and
check in on family, friends and neighbours, especially those who may be vulnerable to
cold-weather related illnesses. The health risks of exposure to exceptionally cold
temperatures include frostbite and hypothermia. Protect your health by staying inside
heated buildings as much as possible. If you need to go outside, wear appropriate
clothing, cover as much exposed skin as possible and limit your time outside.