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.
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Any advice on parking in the area would be great.