General manager Anthony Casalanguida said Yorkdale is the first shopping centre in Ontario to implement a stoplight parking system with lights over each stall in the new underground lot alerting drivers to parking availability.
All Yorkdale Shopping Centre parking entrances are equipped with computerized tabulators that reveal the number of unoccupied parking spots, with a live streaming video of upper deck parking and parking lot tabulators available at yorkdale.com.
Casalanguida called the parking app “an investment in goodwill,” and said part of the goal is to dispel any impression that parking is scarce at Yorkdale.
While malls including the Eaton Centre offer apps for iPhones and other devices that let users access the latest store promotions, Casalanguida said Yorkdale’s investment in parking location technology “ups the ante.”
The Yorkdale App first introduced for iOS and BlackBerry in 2010 also offers mall directions, updates on promotions in its more than 250 shops and services, along with movie ratings and times at the Yorkdale Cinemas and the ability to purchase tickets from a mobile device.