A horse-drawn carriage passes a double-headed parking meter, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island [e011176837]
The term “park” has its origins in Middle English, Old French, German and Latin. Its original use referred to land used by royalty to keep their game animals safe. “Park” was even used by the military to mean an area where vehicles, supplies and weapons were stored.
Today, the verb form of “park” has a different meaning: a driver stops a vehicle and leaves it temporarily in a “parking lot” or on the side of the road.
Wellington Street parking area, Ottawa, Ontario [PA-034203]
If you live in a large urban setting, parking is easier said than done, and consumes many commuters’ time! It sometimes seems that there are more vehicles than parking spots in a city.
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Parking area at the Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario [PA-052987]