Parking Cards

Parking Cards are available for purchase. Reload or exchange your card and use it to park at any paid parking lot or meter downtown.

How much is a Red Deer Parking Card?

Cost:

$5 plus the cost of your preloaded time (normal denominations are $10, $20 and $50 but cards can be loaded to a maximum of $120).

How do I reload my Parking Card?

You can reload your Parking Card at either:

  • The Cashier on the main floor of City Hall
  • At a Pay Station in any of the following City-owned parking lots: P1, P2, P8 or P9. 
    Downtown Parking Map (pdf)

If you are reloading your card at a Pay Station, follow the instructions below:
(these instructions also appear on the Pay Station display screen):

  1. On the display screen, select the option to ‘Reload Card’ (option B)
  2. Insert payment card, chip face up (must be either a Visa or MasterCard). 
    Remove immediately (one second in, one second out).
  3. Remove credit card, and insert Parking Card, chip face up. Leave Parking Card in machine until transaction is complete.
  4. Use the ‘A’ and ‘B’ buttons to add money to your card, adding $1.00 or $5.00 at a time, respectively.
  5. Once you have added desired amount, hit the checkmark button.
  6. A receipt will print out, showing initial amount on Parking Card, and the new balance.
  7. Remove Parking Card
How do I use my Parking Card at an on-street meter?

When you arrive at a parking stall:

  1. Insert your Parking Card into the meter with the chip facing down.
  2. Meter will first show the amount of money remaining on your card.
  3. Meter will read "IN".
  4. Meter will then display the maximum amount of time available for parking at the chosen meter.
  5. Meter will then read "CARD" to remind you to remove your card.

When you return to your vehicle you must log out by:

  1. Insert your card in the parking meter with the chip facing down.
  2. Meter will display "1111".
  3. Meter will then display the amount of time you parked and return any unused money to your card.
  4. Meter will then display the amount of money remaining on your card.
  5. Meter will then read "OUT" to remind you to remove your card.
How do I use my Parking Card at a City-owned parking lot?
  1. Before inserting your Parking Card, select language button to start (A - English; B - French);
  2. Select A - "PURCHASE TICKET";
  3. Insert Parking Card with the chip facing up while your Parking Card remains in the machine;
  4. Select time required (A - for $0.25 increments; B - for $1 increments);
  5. Press "A" to confirm or "R" to cancel;
  6. The ticket will now print.
  7. The screen will display it is safe to remove your Parking Card. Please remove the card and your parking ticket.
  8. Remember to place your ticket face up on your vehicle's dash! Avoid the hassle of a parking ticket. Ensure your ticket is visible on the dash of your car.