July 3, 2014 5:00 pm

Watch where you park during special events in Edmonton

Watch above: Motorists were warned, but bylaw officers handed out dozens of tickets around Commonwealth Stadium Friday in their efforts to crack down on illegal parking during major events. Quinn Ohler has the details.

EDMONTON – With festivals, sports games and concerts happening all summer, the city is reminding drivers to make sure they aren’t parking in restricted areas.

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“We’ll have increased numbers of parking enforcement officers patrolling the residential neighbourhoods and communities that are affected by these special events,” said Erin Blaine, a co-ordinator of parking enforcement services for the City of Edmonton.

“We ask all Edmontonians to respect the parking restrictions that we have in place, they benefit the residents in the area so that they have access to the properties at all times.”

Special events that parking officers will be patrolling will include, among others: Eskimos games, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada, Klondike Days, Heritage Days, Folk Festival and the Fringe Festival.

One way to avoid getting a ticket or a tow for parking in a restricted area is to take public transit. The Eskimos’ Green and Go program allows transit riders to show their game ticket to get free access to buses and LRT for up to two hours after the game.

Fines for parking violations can range from $50 to $250, depending on the infraction.  A ticket for parking in a restricted residential area is $75.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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