If you’ve been using the Charlottetown Farmers Market for long-term parking while attending classes or working at UPEI, you’re about to get evicted.
The farmers market has announced it will restrict parking. Students, staff, and visitors at UPEI have historically used the parking lot for convenience, or to avoid parking fees at the university. Some people parked there overnight on a regular basis.
One of the big issues is insurance, said manager Andrew MacDonald. The market’s insurance provider will still cover them if they allow the extra parking, but it will drive their rates up.
“Basically, we’d have to insure everyone going in and out. As a non-profit co-op, we just can’t afford that.”
MacDonald said the extra vehicles are also crowding out regular customers.
“It’s crowding them out. Also, they’re making it difficult for snow plows to clear the lot.”
He said there hasn’t been any major backlash over the decision.
“Students had free parking for a while, but now they don’t. We’ve talked with UPEI, and they’re alright with that. Some people are making comments over how we could charge for parking, but we just aren’t in a position to.”
MacDonald said very few people are upset by the change at all.
“It’s not really a big deal, in the end. We’re putting up some no parking signs and that’s pretty much where it ends. It’d be great if we had the cash to let them keep on parking here, but we just can’t afford to.”