From Monday, 15 July changes in parking arrangements at Deep Water Point will make it easier for people to find a parking spot at the popular City of Melville site.
City of Melville Chief Executive Officer Marten Tieleman acknowledged that recent upgrades have led to high demand for parking at much loved Deep Water Point site, and the changes to parking arrangements would help the City better manage the existing parking to ensure more people in the community could enjoy visiting the riverside location.
During the winter months from 1 May to 31 October, cars will now be able to park in the majority of trailer bays throughout the day, and in the summer months from 1 November to 31 April, cars will be able to park in the majority of trailer bays from 11.00am. This will be a trial and may change based on observations and feedback from all users of the site.
Paid parking will also be introduced across the entire carpark from 7.00am to 6.00pm to ensure people are not parking there for longer than necessary. Currently, only cars with trailers are required to pay in the trailer bays at Deep Water Point.
“We are well aware that since the upgrades there has been an increase in people visiting the area for many different recreational activities, which is putting a strain on the current car parking bays that run at maximum occupancy throughout the day. These parking changes allow us to better manage the existing parking on site for all these different users,” Mr Tieleman said.
“By allowing cars to park in the majority of the trailer bays in the winter months, and from 11.00am in the summer months, there will be more parking available for people visiting the site by car with the least amount of impact on people using the boat ramp, as the busiest periods are generally in summer or before 11.00am.
“Paid parking is needed to improve efficiency of the limited parking in the car park, as it will encourage people, to use alternate parking in the area, including the on-street parking bays along the Esplanade and the parking areas at Mt Henry Bridge and Apex Park. The site is also easily accessible by using the dual use cycle and walking paths.
“We do have a longer term plan to improve parking at Deep Water Point, including the construction of approximately 40 additional bays at the site at a cost of approximately $500,000. Detailed design is underway and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the current financial year.
“It’s important to note that parking is a complex problem, and generally can’t, or shouldn’t be resolved by just putting in more car bays. Not only is it expensive, but it also conflicts with the outcomes we work towards for a Clean and Green and Sustainable and Connected City, which impact our community’s wellbeing.
“We strongly encourage people living locally to consider other modes of transport to Deep Water Point, including public transport, walking or cycling, carpooling or even ridesharing.”
Signage will be erected onsite to communicate the changes. The City encourages visitors to check onsite signage to ensure they comply with parking arrangements at the site.
Deep Water Point has received a number of significant upgrades over the last five years, including the construction of a new jetty, boat ramp, café, change room, play equipment, swings and picnic area. Works on the foreshore were also completed to help protect the natural environment.
As of 1 July 2019, ACROD Permit holders have also been able to park for free at Deep Water Point as well as all other City of Melville operated paid parking locations. This applies if the vehicle displays an ACROD Parking Permit and the permit holder is either the driver or passenger in the vehicle.
For more information on the upgrades and facilities at Deep Water Point, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/deepwaterpoint