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New parking offer for inner city workers

New parking offer for inner city workers

Workers in Rotorua’s central city area are being offered a new parking deal at the Pukuatua Street Carpark Building as part of Rotorua District Council’s (RDC) new parking programme.

‘Park Rotorua’ came into effect on December 2 to help revitalise Rotorua’s heart of the city. It involves free time-limited P120 parking in the inner city (from 8am Monday to Saturday), longer-term metered and unlimited-time parking on the city fringes, as well as the Pukuatua St Carpark Building.

As part of the programme, inner city workers are being offered the opportunity to purchase newly discounted concession passes for the carpark building. A five-day pass has been reduced to $20, a discount of 35% from the previous $27 price.

Council Inner City Enterprises manager, Nick Dallimore, says the new free time-limited P120 zones do mean a change for some people and discounted carpark concession tickets are in recognition of that.

“We realise that people will no longer be able to park all day in the inner city as the free parking zones are for a maximum of two hours from 8am Mondays to Saturdays, but there are still many convenient longer-term parking options available.

“The Pukuatua Street Carpark Building and long-term free and unlimited-time metered parking on the city fringes provide inner city workers with lots of different options, so parking spaces directly outside shops can remain available for use by customers.”

He says initiatives like free time-limited P120 parking are absolutely critical for helping reinvigorate the inner city.

“Customers having the option of parking directly outside shops at no cost for up to two hours benefits everyone – busy, buzzing shops mean happy shoppers and happy business owners.”

Pukuatua Street Carpark Building concession tickets can be purchased from City Focus, the council Customer Centre and at the parking building.

“The new concession ticket price has already proved popular, with concession ticket sales in the first week up 70% compared to the average over the last eight weeks,” Mr Dallimore says.

The revamped inner city parking initiative is a direct Rotorua District Council response to community feedback and is part of a raft of initiatives aimed at revitalising Rotorua’s inner city.


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