Fort Williams Pay/Display Parking 2019

The Town Council is considering a Pay/Display Parking Fee program for Fort Williams Park.

Current Status: The council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019 on the proposal for pay/display parking. The proposal was submitted by Unified Parking Partners on Jan. 3, 2019 and was the lone response to the town's December, 2018 request for proposals.

The vote on the parking proposal will be held May 13, 2019.

Town Manager's Q&A

Submitted 11/13/2019

Website Articles

Highlights of the Proposal:

  • Fees collected May 1-Nov. 1 only
  • Ten meters would be installed in five premium areas of the park, covering 270 parking spaces
  • Areas for free parking to the rear of the park (Playground, Children's Garden, Officers Row areas)
  • Non-residents would pay:
    • $2 with a minimum of 2 hours ($4 minimum per visit).
    • $10 full day
    • $15 seasonal pass
  • Cape Elizabeth residents would park for free with a pass available at the police department
  • The proposal estimates $317,000 annual net revenue for the town, to be used primarily for operational expenses of Fort Williams Park; long-term capital needs of the town; and, general municipal operating expenses.

Parking Fee Timeline

6/11/2018 The Town Council tasked the Fort Williams Park Committee to craft a proposal for pay/display parking at Fort Williams Park. Minutes Video
7/24/2018   Fort Williams Park Committee Pay/Display Fact Gathering Subcommittee Minutes Supporting Documents
7/11/2018   Fort Williams Park Committee Pay/Display Fact Gathering Subcommittee Minutes
7/18/2018   Fort Williams Park Committee Pay/Display Fact Gathering Subcommittee Minutes Supporting Documents
8/13/2018 The Town Council referred the report to a workshop on September 17. Minutes Video
9/17/2018  Workshop The Town Council continued review of the feasibility of pay and display parking at Fort Williams Park and possible next steps.   Supporting Documents
10/2/2018  Workshop The Town Council continued review of the feasibility of pay and display parking at Fort Williams Park and possible next steps.   Supporting Documents
10/10/2018  The Town Council voted to refer to the ordinance committee Chapter 13 Traffic Regulations to address pay and display parking regulations at Fort Williams Park in order to have ordinances in place if pay and display is approved. Minutes Video
11/13/2018  Workshop  The workshop provided additional discussion to review the possible structure of pay and display.   Supporting Documents
11/14/2018 The Town Council authorized the town manager to issue a request for proposals for parking management including equipment and enforcement as well as issue a request for proposals to purchase equipment for pay and display parking including installation as well as request for proposals for providing enforcement services for pay and display parking. Minutes Video
2/11/2019 The Town Council set the pay and display proposal for workshop on March 18. Minutes Video
3/18/2019  Workshop  It was a consensus to hold a public hearing on charging parking fees at the May 6 special council meeting which is the same evening as the FY 2020 budget public hearing. The vote on parking fees and RFP on services for a pay and display program at Fort Williams Park will be held on May 13.   Supporting Documents
4/8/2019 The Town Council set a public hearing for May 6 on the proposal for a pay/display parking program at Fort Williams Park. The council also approved amendments to the traffic ordinance supporting collection of parking fees; referred to the ordinance committee further amendments governing enforcement of fee collection by a third party; and referred a draft policy earmarking the use of fees primarily for operational expenses of Fort Williams Park; long-term capital needs of the town; and, general municipal operating expenses.   Video