By Dean Lapierre
Special to The Square
(WINDSOR, ON) – I would like to take this time to inform you about an issue that Windsor Minor Hockey Association (WMHA) is having with the City of Windsor because of parking regulations at the Windsor Arena.
WMHA use a lot of ice, at different arenas throughout the City, to run our program. Included in that usage is the ice pad at Windsor Arena. Herein lies the problem.
At the Forest Glade, South Windsor & WFCU Arenas the parents of the WMHA do not have to pay to park their vehicles in order to watch their children play this great game of ours. Unfortunately, if your child happens to be in a program that uses the ice at Windsor Arena, you are not so lucky. The parking lots in the area of Windsor Arena, including Windsor Water World, are Pay & Display.
And that is where the unfairness comes in. Why should some parents be forced to pay extra money while others do not merely because of where their children play?
The extra cost for parking over the course of a WMHA season adds up to a major problem for many families.
But there are some practical problems too. Many people do not always carry cash in order to buy parking time. Naturally enough the parking officers always seem to be hanging around this area waiting to hand out tickets to these hocley parents.
WMHA pays close to a half million dollars to the City for ice rental each and every season. WMHA feels that all our hockey parents should be treated fairly by the City by receiving a parking pass for city-owned arenas.
A simple solution for the City would be to give the parents whose children play at Windsor Arena (and only those parents) one parking pass per family.
It seems like an easy and common sense answer, and one that makes it fair for everyone!
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