October 18, 2016 - 4:30 PM
KELOWNA – Parking in the Prospera Place lot just got a lot more expensive for Rockets fans and event goers.
Event parking at the Impark-managed lot surrounding the arena was increased this season to $15 from $10 - it is the biggest price jump since Prospera Place opened as Skyreach Place in 1999. If you park there for the 36 regular season Rockets games, your parking bill is $540 up $180 over last year.
Impark says they have been getting complaints from the public since the increase came into effect this year, but there is nothing they can do about it.
“It wasn’t our call,” an operator told iNFOnews.ca. “We’re just a parking operator.”
Kelowna parking services manager Dave Duncan confirmed that the city has nothing to do with the price and that RG Properties Ltd. sets prices.
“It’s like any other business,” he says. “If it’s too expensive people won’t park there and the price will come down.”
Kelowna Rockets spokesperson Gavin Hamilton says when the arena opened in 1999 it cost $5 to park but that was increased to $7 a few years later. Roughly five years ago the price was raised to $10 where it stayed until this year.
"I'm sure it's going to impact a few people but there's not a lot of spots out there,” he says. “It's not like we had 500 people coming down and all of a sudden half aren't coming."
Calls to RG Properties were not returned.
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