No decision has been made yet whether to install parking meters for the Apia Water Front Upgrade project currently under construction.
Putting up parking meters around this area is not in the plan for this project, a source who wanted to remain anonymous said from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MNRE.
“This project is for the upgrade of this section of the town for people to come and relax and enjoy themselves. But it is not known whether parking meters would be installed in this area,” the Ministry source stated.
Under this project the Eleele Fou area will be transformed into the main central park of Apia providing a range of activities and facilities for people to gather, play sports, watch cultural performances and essentially enjoy a well-designed open park.
This project will also redesign the existing Samoan cultural village and upgrade the area behind the FMFM II Building. This area is expected to accommodate up to 3000 people.
The central park according to the plan will be “a people oriented destination and provide an interconnected network of pedestrian pathways, sufficient lighting, attractive landscaping and enjoyable public spaces. Some small scale cafes or dining opportunities can be offered as well as mobile vendors such as food trucks and coffee carts.,”
An important part of this project is to improve and design better parking facilities in-front of the Central Bank of Samoa Building and the FMFM II Building to support these and other activities.
Parking meters are being planned for the town area and a start has made by installing of meters from the section of Beach Road starting from ANZ Bank to the NPF Plaza.
Parking meters are intended to control parking space in town and already the Land and Transport Authority LTA is finding that to be working well.
Paying for parking space started last year and LTA said people are now getting used to this idea as no one has been charged for not paying or trying to cheat the system.