No decision on downtown parking


Deep River Mayor Sue D’Eon says the town has made no decision on the future of angle parking on Champlain Street or the town’s broader downtown revitalization plan.

D’Eon was responding to comments on social media recently regarding a petition to save the angle parking on Champlain Street in the face of a consultant’s recommendation to replace it with wider sidewalks and parallel parking spaces.

The petition was launched by Champlain Street business owner Melinda Reith of Toby & Bella’s pet store (above).

In a series of lengthy posts, D’Eon said she was “really pleased” to see that Deep River businesses, residents and “many of our neighbours are becoming engaged regarding Deep River’s Downtown Streetscape & Urban Design Strategy, even if only through a discussion on the pros and cons of angle versus parallel parking.”

The downtown plan was presented to council back in May by Fotenn Planning + Design, the successful bidder on the project, and followed a “one-year planning effort which included concept presentations, public workshops and two online surveys.”

However, D’Eon said that doesn’t mean the plan is a done deal…

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