September 30, 2019 – A new mobile app for paying to park at Ken Reid Conservation Area launched on Friday, September 27, making it an easy and convenient way for visitors to pay for parking without having to have change.
“We know when some visitors come to Ken Reid, they may also be visiting other conservation areas which use the MacKay Pay app. This is just another convenient option for our visitors to be able to purchase daily or annual parking passes,” said Director, Stewardship and Conservation Lands, Kristie Virgoe. “We wanted to make it easier for our visitors to purchase their parking passes by introducing a mobile payment app that allows users to pay with their credit cards via their smartphone.”
Visitors to Ken Reid Conservation Area can now download the MacKay Pay app and create an account.
“It’s a very quick and efficient process,” explained Jonathan Lucas, General Accountant at Kawartha Conservation. “Once the user has downloaded the app, they will create a four-digit pin, input their vehicle license plate information, select the ‘zone’, which for Ken Reid is 3181, and add their credit card information.
“When they come to Ken Reid Conservation Area, the visitors can simply open the app, and select their vehicle, if they have entered more than one vehicle in the settings, and payment option, press submit and their parking fee has been paid,” Mr. Lucas added.
Ken Reid Conservation Area is a popular destination for nature lovers, dog walkers and families on the outskirts of Lindsay.
“The $4 parking fee is reinvested into Ken Reid in a number of ways,” explained Ms. Virgoe. “It helps pay for trail maintenance and for the construction of our new accessible trails. It also helps support the off-leash dog parks and family events that take place at Ken Reid Conservation Area.”
App users have the option of paying for parking for each visit or paying for an annual pass online. Paying for annual passes through the app is a new flexible feature Kawartha Conservation has added to make visiting Ken Reid even easier and more convenient 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The discounted seniors rate is not available through the app, however annual seniors parking passes are available for purchase inside the Administrative Centre during regular business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this payment option to our visitors and know that for many it will make paying to park much easier and efficient,” said Mr. Lucas. “The regular Pay and Display Machine is still available for park users and is located at the entrance to Ken Reid Conservation Area.”
During the coming weeks, Kawartha Conservation staff will be conducting educational outreach with park users to help answer any questions and show visitors arriving by car how easy it is to pay for their parking online.