Anyone who has lived in Dunedin long enough will agree that the worst part about heading downtown on the weekend is finding parking. The area's restaurants, breweries, shops, and events make it popular among tourists and those living in nearby cities, often forcing locals to choose between circling the area for a spot or walking downtown from home.
Those who choose to take their chances and hunt for a parking spot will be happy to learn that a new convenient lot has just opened in Downtown Dunedin!
The New Parking Lot
Located in front of the Scottish American Society of Dunedin and next to The Honu, the new public parking lot can be found off Louden Avenue. Those at The Honu are especially excited to have more parking for their customers and offer clear directions to the lot in an Instagram post. If you're like me and have absolutely no sense of direction, then definitely take a look at their video as it's incredibly helpful!
The lot isn't huge and appears to only have 30 or so parking spaces. On the surface, the additional parking seems like a great addition to Dunedin locals, however, not everyone is happy about these changes.
Construction Has Eliminated A Majority Of Parking
If you've been Downtown Dunedin recently, then you've noticed the large blue tarps blocking off what was once a massive parking lot off of Virginia Street. The city has officially broken ground and started construction on the new location for City Hall. It may have always been intended for this purpose, but many locals had become accustomed to using the conveniently located parking lot.
Now with summer upon us, some locals aren't happy to see the area closed off despite other parking lots becoming available to them. While the new construction for government employees is much needed, they don't expect to complete the project until August 2022. Until then, the parking lot is temporarily unavailable.
More Parking Lots Are Expected To Open
To make up for the lost parking due to construction, we can expect more public parking lots to open up downtown. A lot off of Virginia Street near the corner of Milwaukee Avenue next to MPM Primary Care will offer a few dozen more spots.
Additionally, another lot is set to become available to the public off Main Street near the corner of Milwaukee Avenue. It's conveniently located next to the parking lot that has just opened in front of the Scottish American Society of Dunedin but only offers about eight spots. Only time will tell if there are plans to pen up more parking lots.
Finding Parking In Downtown Dunedin
The City of Dunedin has created an easy-to-use map that shows all of the parking available downtown. In addition to the new parking lots I've mentioned, the map also shows lots that have always been open, where you can find street parking, and where construction has temporarily closed some lots. Whether you've lived in Dunedin all your life or are new to town, it's a great tool that can significantly reduce frustration when heading downtown this weekend!
Of course, there are other options to get around downtown such as the Tiki Bus or the new automated shuttle, AVA. But sometimes it's nice to have access to your own car.
What are your thoughts on the current parking situation in Dunedin?