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Seasonal Parking Meters Set for Zilker Park

They look like parking meters, but are they?  Yes they are, says Austin's Parks Department, but there's a twist.

30 new parking kiosks are set to go live on March 5, and the city hopes they will make the process of entering and parking much more efficient at Zilker Park.

"The Austin Parks and Recreation Department decided to implement a new method for collecting money from the entry fee and parking at Zilker Park," says Shelley Parks with Austin Parks and Rec.  "It's just an alternative option for fees people have been paying all along, and it will make it a lot more efficient for everyone."

The meters are only seasonal and are meant to coincide with the busy festival season in Austin.  There will be no changes to the rates or collection schedule.

"The cool thing about it," says Parks, "is that in the past you would have to pay to get back in.  But with the pay kiosk, the little chip that you get will be put on your dash and if you leave and come back later in the day, you won't have to pay again."

The city also hopes the new kiosks will help cut down on staffing costs since the meters would only need two attendants, instead of the current 15.

The new meters will be turned off after Labor Day.

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