The Parks Trust is charging for parking at some of the city’s beauty spots.
Motorists must now pay to use the car park at the unique Cathedral of Trees on Livingstone Drive, Newlands, and the Peace Pagoda car park, to the disappointment of keen walkers and picnickers across the city.
Reader Liz Green said: “It seems The Parks Trust are on the bandwagon to squeeze more money out of motorists.”
Charges apply between 6am and 10pm, at a rate of 50p for up to half and hour, 80p for up to one hour, £1.20 for up to two hours, £2.20 for up to four hours and £4 for all day.
A permit of £80 (equating to £1.50 per week) is also available for the two car parks.
Liz Woznicki, communications manager for The Parks Trust, adds: “Park users can still park for free at 48 other Trust owned car parks, eight of which are less than 1km from Willen Lake.”
David Foster, chief executive of The Parks Trust, said: “We appreciate the introduction of car parking charges is not popular with some people but as a self-financing charity we do need to supplement our income if we are to do all the things we want to do.
“These include keeping our 5,000 acres of parks beautifully maintained, introducing new facilities and building a financially sustainable organisation for the benefit of future generations.”
The Peace Pagoda and Tree Cathedral car parks will be managed by Napier Parking Ltd on behalf of The Parks Trust.