The National Parks Board is not the only agency that should reconsider its stand on charging for parking ("Charged parking at parks to regulate usage, prevent abuse", July 23). Others such as Sport Singapore and the Housing Board should also be rethinking their parking policies with regard to recreational facilities located in HDB estates, such as sports complexes.
This ties in to the messages being put out, such as encouraging families to bond, for which sports facilities and parks are perfect venues.
Where the social benefits may outweigh the economic costs, the authorities should consider suggestions such as implementing pay parking at such facilities during peak hours only and treating Saturday as a free parking day, similar to free parking on Sundays for certain HDB estates. This will encourage greater usage of our parks and recreational amenities.