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Working and parking in Woden, how to?

By franzipami - 12 May 2011 31

I have worked in Woden on and off for the past 9 years and have the same dilemma as everybody else with the parking. I think I have tried almost every spot around the vicinity to find the cheapest parking. But now with our two young kids and the part-time work have had to settle for what parking I can get – which after 9.30am is only around the pool/oval area.

Yesterday, there was not one spot available except on the grass verge near the oval fence, opposite the parking bay area. As far as I could see there was no signage for “No parking” or “Parking in bays only” and like the dozen or so other cars was not hindering any other cars as far as movement or view was concerned. Well, they slugged me. What made it worse was the fact that I actually had purchased and displayed the $7 ticket to park there!!

This is the first time I have seen this particular car park full and I expect it had something to do with the cold weather which of course is now going to continue for a while. I’m now at a loss to work out where to park given the same situation. As far as I can see my only option is to park at the plaza and move my car every two hours.

I was just wondering if anybody could provide some useful advice (ie. no stupid responses like “don’t have the kids in the first place” and “don’t work”) given the following:
* My husband and I both work in Woden and unfortunately have to take two cars (both small) to take turns in the drop-off and pick up of the kids. My husbands work provides him with a car park, so he is alright.
* Our commute is from Dunlop so no chance of a bus. As it is, it takes 1 hour 15 mins to finally get to work. Yes, I have lived in Melbourne and I know the commute can be a lot worse – my issue is the parking.
* Eventually hoping to move house to Woden/Weston (when the house prices are not so stupid!! – are we dreaming??) so we’d like to keep the kids at school in the area.
* On my 9.30am day (on other days I start at 7.00am so no problems with parking there) I finish at 6-6.60pm ish so Phillip is not really an option. The only spot I could manage is probably at the far end and I do not feel safe walking there at night.

Any advice on parking in the area would be great.

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31 Responses to
Working and parking in Woden, how to?
troll-sniffer 12:05 pm 12 May 11

At the risk of thinking laterally… ouch what a thought in this white bread town… look up ACTION timetables for nearby suburbs, places like Pearce, Torrens, Hughes, etc and find a bus that arrives at Woden around the time you need to be there. Locate a suitable spot on the bus route and park nearby. Suburban shops come to mind. Using a splendid shiny new MyWay card, board said bus at the chosen location and get whisked right into the Woden town centre. Once the working day is finished, leave work at a convenient time to catch a convenient bus back to your car. Perhaps a few minutes longer than driving straight in but a bit cheaper and much less angst.

Fuzzy 12:04 pm 12 May 11

It’s been a few years since I worked at Woden, so sorry if this is out of date….

The first 2 rows in the big car park next to Hellenic Club are (were?) Park and Ride spots up until 10am, after which time they become standard all day parking again. Is it possible to park in Short Stay or at Westfield and then take a quick break to move the car at 10am?

Feathergirl 12:01 pm 12 May 11

Hmmm. How about advertising in the school newsletter for before school care for your little ones. Then you can drop kids off at the carers house early and they can take them to school. Freeing you up to get to work earlier and get a park. Perhaps you could offer to do some after school care as a swap and it would all cost you no extra money just having a few extra kids at your house after school a couple of days a week.

Reprobate 11:46 am 12 May 11

If the OP only has one or two days a week of late starts, maybe park in the Westfield carpark til lunch then move to a all-day park for the afternoon – yes it will cost about $4 on top of an all day ticket (or pass) but it’s a lot cheaper than a $77 fine. BTW if your car is a gold Tiida or white Celica I saw the car on the grass with the parking voucher and wondered why you would park there and not in the heaps of kerbside short-stay parks…

FioBla 11:10 am 12 May 11

How much is Plaza parking for 3 (or 4 hours?) Would 2 lots of 3-4 hours parking there be similar to $7 a day?

Heads up that costs are available online at: http://westfield.com.au/woden/getting-here/where-to-park/

To the original poster, possible ideas (not solutions):
1. Pay more money,
1.1 e.g. rent a permanent parking spot.
1.2 e.g. pay more at private parking areas
1.3 hire someone to pick up children for you

2. Go earlier to get all-day parking, and find something to do at Woden. Knitting some warm clothes maybe.

3. Park at Belconnen, and take the bus in, in true Park & Ride fashion. That would allow you do park earlier. Dunlop is closer to Belconnen. And Blue Rapid is quite frequent. NB that I have never actually been to Belconnen. Or Dunlop.

This is my first winter in Canberra. As much as I dislike driving, parking and the whole idea of subsidised car parks, winter is really challenging my commitment to cycling and public transport.

Innovation 10:54 am 12 May 11

Is parking in a side street in Lyons or Curtin an option? Other than that and after reading other posts here there doesn’t seem to be any logical solution.

I know that you wanted parking solutions but you wrote that you want to “keep the kids at school in the area”. Kids are pretty resilient and it may even be good for them to change schools at least once in their lives and learn to make new friends. Also, It would probably be easier on you both at weekends if their current school friends live in the same area as you. Even if you do eventually move Southside what are the odds that your new home will be close to their existing school anyway?

If the children are schooled, even temporarily, near your current home your options might increase significantly. You might be able to drive and park (for free?) part way (eg, Bruce or Albert Hall) and get a direct bus to Woden. You (or your husband) could get a small motorbike and learners permit and the other partner could use the existing free carpark (incidentally, if your husband doesn’t actually need the car for work, you could both do this now and whoever has the children each way gets the car and carpark). I suppose though that cycling from Dunlop (even if you bike and ride) is probably a bit too far.

EvanJames 10:54 am 12 May 11

What a complicated life. Living at one end of town, working at the other, and choosing to send kids to school at the other end of town, and having to drive them. I am puzzled by this compulsion to drive kids to school these days. I caught the bus all my life, yes even in Infants school, which was a long way from where we lived.

If it was me, I’d be looking for a way to use the one car, for which parking is supplied, and getting a bit more realistic about the kids’ transport. As it is, you are battling for road space and car parking with all the other people who feel it necessary to use two cars and drive their offspring to/from school.

Sometimes, you really can’t have it all.

dvaey 10:38 am 12 May 11

MissPeaches said :

Did some of the respondants even read the opening post?

It doesnt matter how sad the OP sounds, everyone parking in woden would give the same sob story if they could, and thats without even talking to the people who dont use a carpark and instead catch a bus. If you insist on working in a town centre, during business hours with the masses, it is common sense (aka rush hour) that things are busy at 9am and 5pm.

OP also mentions doing a 1.5hr commute in Melbourne, did you also take your car into the city there and complain about lack of parking, or did you catch public transport? Surely having spent that long in Melbourne, the thought of using a car daily to work should be fairly distant in your mind.

Keijidosha 10:37 am 12 May 11

If there are no spots available in your current parking area then you have a few options.
1) Purchase a razor scooter/folding bike and park further away.
2) Purchase a parking bay somewhere in the area.
3) Put your kids in a school within walking distance from your home and take one car to work.

MissPeaches 10:27 am 12 May 11

Did some of the respondants even read the opening post?
It’s not a matter of paying for parking but availability. And Car pooling is not so easy on part time hours.

dvaey 10:17 am 12 May 11

Maybe its worth considering getting employment closer to your house, away from the Woden parking chaos? That will save you money in travelling from north/west corner of Canberra to south Canberra everyday, and also avoid the mess that is Woden parking.

You’re in the same boat as thousands of other people who have to park their 5-seat (or more) vehicle in front of their work, pay $5 a day, earn $20/hr and then complain about the situation. If parking is a problem, save your time and your $5 and just stay at home.

On a more serious note, since you probably wont consider making things easier for yourself by car-pooling or working closer to home, you could look at a motorbike for transportiny yourself to work. Parking is free and much easier than for cars. You could also try to find a friend who lives nearby to Woden and ask them if you can leave your car at their place everyday.. you could even offer to give them a few bucks a week too, but that would go against the premise of wanting parking for nothing.. while youre getting paid to be where you are.. my heart bleeds

Chop71 10:11 am 12 May 11

I think you should write a letter to the ACT gumbermint explaining that you’re stupid. I would also include the $7 ticket and say “not only am I stupid, I am happy to pay for it”

I would also like to thank you for contributing to the ACT tax system through your parking fine. 🙂

Chop71 10:05 am 12 May 11

Eventually hoping to move house to Woden/Weston (when the house prices are not so stupid!! – are we dreaming??) so we’d like to keep the kids at school in the area.

lol – This made me laugh

dpm 9:57 am 12 May 11

Gungahlin Al said :

You’ve worked there for nine years and you still haven’t worked out it’s easier to just use the bus than to fight for a spot and always remember to keep shovel loads of change because the ACT Gov’t hasn’t yet discovered there are parking machines that take cards and notes?

I think she said no stupid (i.e. non-constructive) responses – and also mentioned the bus was not an option (from Dunlop, after considering taking kids to school too).
How much is Plaza parking for 3 (or 4 hours?) Would 2 lots of 3-4 hours parking there be similar to $7 a day? And as it is only one day per week, that may be an option, especially considering Civic workers pay more anyway, so $7 is a bargain! I’d say all the other cheap/free parking spots around Woden would be well and truly taken by 9:30….

Gungahlin Al 9:33 am 12 May 11

You’ve worked there for nine years and you still haven’t worked out it’s easier to just use the bus than to fight for a spot and always remember to keep shovel loads of change because the ACT Gov’t hasn’t yet discovered there are parking machines that take cards and notes?

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