Cranbrook could create more community forest parking

The decision comes after a resident on 2nd Street South complained that forest users were parking partly on his property.

The City of Cranbrook hopes to build a new parking lot for access to the Community Forest.

The decision came about Monday, March 4, after a resident on 2nd Street South complained that forest users were parking partly on his property.

The issue arose around the limited parking at the Sylvan Lake access to the forest. An existing parking lot just outside city limits on 2nd Street South often fills up, and forest users use parking space at Sylvan Lake Road. However, vehicles are sometimes parked on private property there and the property owner has complained.

“Because that road is emergency access to the Community Forest, we are not able to block it off,” said Councillor Denise Pallesen. “The Community Forest Society does not have the time or the money to do anything about it,” she said.

The City’s Cranbrook in Motion Committee recommended that the city build a new parking lot on its own property between the first and second existing parking lots.

Councillor Pallesen suggested that council consider the project as part of its 2014 budget deliberations.