Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore reads a proclamation during the official opening of the new business parking lot near Mary Winspear in Sidney on May 17. (Dale Naftel/News Staff)

Sidney Town Crier Kenny Podmore reads a proclamation during the official opening of the new business parking lot near Mary Winspear in Sidney on May 17. (Dale Naftel/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Sidney’s new parking lot officially opens

Lot adjacent to the Mary Winspear Centre boasts 167 spaces

While already in heavy use, the new Downtown Employee Parking Lot in Sidney opened with ceremony Friday morning.

The lot, adjacent to the Mary Winspear Centre, boasts 167 spaces aimed to ease the employee two-hour parking shuffle.

Elder Virgil Samson of Tsartlip First Nation opened the ceremony with blessings and Town Crier Kenny Podmore proclaimed the lot officially open. Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith officially cut the ribbon and thanked members of the Business Improvement Association and former mayor Steven Price and council for their work on this initiative.

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(Dale Naftel/News Staff)

(Dale Naftel/News Staff)

(Dale Naftel/News Staff)

(Dale Naftel/News Staff)

(Dale Naftel/News Staff)

(Dale Naftel/News Staff)

(Dale Naftel/News Staff)

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Elder Virgil Samson of Tsartlip First Nation opens the ceremony with blessings while Town Crier Kenny Podmore looks on. (Dale Naftel/News Staff)

Elder Virgil Samson of Tsartlip First Nation opens the ceremony with blessings while Town Crier Kenny Podmore looks on. (Dale Naftel/News Staff)