It’s more pay and dismay at Queenstown carparks

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The last bastion of all-day free parking in central Queenstown faces being scrapped by council. 

A proposal for four-hour maximum parking from 8am-8pm in Queenstown Gardens is in the Queens-town Gardens Draft Reserve Management Plan. 

It states “parking is commonly used by workers in the Queenstown town centre and this impacts on the availability of parking for visitors to the gardens”. 

The gardens’ all-day free parking has proved popular since Queenstown Lakes District Council tacked on a charge of $2.50 per day to the widely-used and previously free Boundary Street and Recreation Ground carparks – and hiked Ballarat St pay and display prices from $2.50 to $9 per day. There are about 140 parking spaces in the gardens and a further 100 along neighbouring Park St. 

About 70 permits would be available for people involved with “approved recreation events” longer than four hours. 

QLDC park boss Gordon Bailey says “the ball’s up in the air on the options” and council is waiting for feedback. 

The plan isn’t likely to go before the community services committee until next year. The plan also calls for parking areas to be sealed. Tarsealing and work on Lake Hayes Pavilion’s 40-space carpark stung QLDC $180,000. 

Bailey doesn’t know the cost involved to seal the gardens’ carparks, but says quite a lot of work needs to be done to level the area. 

Submissions close at 4pm on November 26.