Google+ Google+

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Parking at Earl Beatty Public School

After a year long hiatus, East End Pioneer has officially come out of hiding to bring to light a hot topic that has plagued both Daddy Pioneer, and many other parents who have children attending Earl Beatty Public school, for quite some time.

The City of Toronto has designated a student pick-up and drop-off area (a 10 minute parking area between 8am and 5pm) on the south side of Wolverleigh Blvd, just east of Woodington Ave. (see picture below). Due to private driveways, there are six parking spots at best.  Of these six parking spots, the number of available spots has been steadily going down. Slowly but surely, there has been a growing number of cars with Accessible (disabled) parking permits using these spots as permanent parking spots. As of this morning there were three (see pictures below).

Pioneer does not have an issue with accessible parking - we believe everyone deserves freedom of mobility - but to date, there have been numerous sightings of non-disabled adults using these vehicles.

The domino effect is that parents, with sometimes more than one child between infant and preschool age in tow, have to park quite far away from the school and daycare doors unless they want to do what Daddy Pioneer often does: "break the law".  They have turned to parking outside the parking posts as well as parking on the north side of Wolverleigh Blvd.

The City in turn often capitalizes on the situation.  The parking authority arrives at around 9am (the peak of child drop off time) and tickets all offenders.  In talking to the "meter maid", on the record they told Pioneer they can't do anything about the situation due to the Accessible permits on the cars.  According to City of Toronto bylaws, an individual with an Accessible permit may park anywhere they wish, including do-not-park zones.

While Pioneer definitely condones a walkable community, and tries to use foot power as often as possible, the need for cars to drop off children at school/daycare is sometimes necessary. It would be great if the drop off area could remain free and clear for parents to use during school hours.

If this situation affects you, Pioneer is asking you to please send a letter or email to our councillors to see if anything can be done about the situation. Here is the contact information for your convenience:

1 comment:

  1. Welcome back, Sarah!

    Why doesn't Earl Beatty have a ball hockey tournament to raise awareness of the parking issue?