Charging for car parking at Hamilton Gardens
Regarded as one of our city’s jewels, Hamilton Gardens attracted more than 371,000 visitors to the enclosed gardens last year. While COVID-19 has had an obvious impact on the number of overseas visitors we receive, our local visitor numbers have remained steady.
As well as investing $15 million in new themed gardens, we’re also proposing to invest $500,000 per year on improving and adding new services and facilities. Services and facilities are things like directional signage, apps to give visitors more information, mobility options, shade structures etc – things that make the Gardens a more enjoyable and accessible place to be.
In recent years we have considered many ways to increase revenue at Hamilton Gardens to offset the costs to ratepayers and to enhance the services and facilities at the Gardens. This has included looking at options such as charging non-Hamiltonians a fee to visit the themed gardens and charging tour buses for parking.
In this Long-Term Plan, we’re proposing to charge for car parking to cover the $500,000 annual investment required to improve these services and facilities. The $15 million for the continued development of the Gardens would be funded out of the general rate rather than through a targeted rate.
The total revenue over 10 years is expected to be $4.75 million.