Township of Severn is implementing waterfront parking permits this year to combat COVID-19 health and safety related issues at Washago Centennial Park. Starting June 14, only vehicles with valid resident parking permits will be permitted to park and use the accompanying boat launch.

"While we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to our area, we must put the health and safety of our residents first. Last year, we saw how quickly our natural amenities became overcrowded despite public health restrictions and provincial direction to avoid travel. This short-term solution allows us to limit the number of people using the Washago boat launch and promote physical distancing and safe outdoor spaces."

—Mayor Mike Burkett

Through partnership agreements with the Township of Ramara and City of Orillia, Severn residents are also eligible to receive permits for neighbouring community locations.

In Ramara, Severn residents can get a free parking permit for Bluebird Park, Lagoon City Beach and Park, Lovely Day Park and The Steps (on-street parking).

The reciprocal agreement with the Township of Ramara also entitles Ramara residents to free parking in Severn. To assist with enforcement efforts, the Township of Ramara will support by-law enforcement in the evenings and weekends at Washago Centennial Park. Those without a parking permit will be ticketed and/or towed.

In Orillia, Severn residents can purchase an annual parking and boat launch permit for $50 plus a $5 administration fee (plus HST) per vehicle. The locations for paid parking include Couchiching Beach Park, Centennial Park, Veterans' Memorial Park and J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park lots and surrounding streets and the Couchiching Beach Park and Collins Drive boat launches. You can park and launch your boat without a parking permit from Monday to Thursday, except for public holidays.

"We’re glad to partner with the Township of Ramara and City of Orillia to ensure that those in Severn who support their economies year-round are able to continue to do so throughout the summer months. We thank the Township of Ramara for assisting us with enforcement as we head into the summer."

—Derek Burke, Director of Public Works

Severn residents can get their parking permits for Severn, Ramara and Orillia as early as May 31 online. For those who don’t have the capability to print their permit at home, we will mail the permit. You must provide your local address and licence plate number. Permits are non-transferable and limited to two permits per Severn household. Renters in Severn are eligible to receive a parking permit.

Residents can submit a cheque to the Township of Severn by mail or drop box for their Orillia permit. While contactless methods are encouraged, we also accept cash and debit at the Administration Office by appointment only.

Parking passes must be clearly displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle with the corresponding licence plate number. Please remember to follow all COVID-19 restrictions and public health guidance when enjoying the outdoors. View our Parking page to learn more and apply for a parking permit.

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