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City of Austin spikes weekend parking rates at Zilker Park
Starting May 1, one of Austin's most popular parks will be increasing parking prices and start charging for parking in lots that were previously free.
At Zilker Park, the parking lots that currently charge $5 for parking will be increased to $7 from May 1 through Labor Day.
The parking lot off of Stratford Road, just north of the Zilker Botanical Garden, and the South Barton Springs Pool parking lot, near Azie Morton Road, will start charging $7 on the weekends and holidays.
Both of these parking lots were havens for visitors and residents alike, as they were free to park. Park visitors like P.K. Luangsingotha liked that parking was free at the lot off Stratford. Luangsingotha said he is not happy that he will have to start paying to park.
"I believe people should be out enjoying the parks, the sunlight, et. cetera, and not have to [pay]. I mean, the City is already making so much money as it [is]. Now trying to tax people more on parking — I think it’s kind of unfair. Just my opinion," Luangsingotha said.
Hailey Adams, an Austin resident, also enjoys coming to Zilker and the free parking near Stratford with her dog. Come May, Adams may adjust the activities she participates in at Zilker due to the cost of parking.
“I definitely want more of a [full-day] activity, versus sometimes [coming] for 30 minutes," Adams said.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department said it hopes charging at the parking lots will help with traffic issues.
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