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Evanston is introducing a new lakefront park program starting August 2nd

Follow-up community controversy In connection with the cost of lakefront parking, Evanston will be running a new parking program from August through the end of October that will charge non-residents for parking along the lake.

Under the program, vehicles without an Evanston wheel tax paid for the current year will be charged $ 3 per hour for parking on certain streets along the lakefront.

The city council voted on the program in June, with Mayor Daniel Biss casting the casting vote to approve the proposal. Local residents and alder residents disagreed as to whether the proposal would be a productive way of compensating for lost income by introducing free days on the beach, or whether it would undermine the goal of better access to the lake shore.

Unanimously in the city council in May chosen Pass a resolution giving residents free access to Evanston beaches on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. The change in policy followed continued endorsement of the beach brands, including a petition by Evanston Fight for Black Lives, which states that free beach access is a crucial part of working for racial justice.

However, the city estimated that introducing free days at the beach would result in about $ 1 million in lost revenue. As a result, several alder people – including Ald. Tom Suffredin (6th), who proposed the idea in April – endorsed the idea of ​​parking on the lakefront to make up for lost revenue.

For the duration of the pilot program, the parking fee will be enforced every weekday between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Drivers can pay with coins or credit cards through pay stations or the ParkEvanston app.

Residents with vehicles registered at an Evanston address with a bike tax paid are exempt from paying for lakefront parking.

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