ONLY a handful of car parks would be lost under the planned $1 million redevelopment of Armstrong Street, according to the City of Ballarat.
Under current plans before traders, the parking in the centre of the street between Mair and Sturt Streets will be taken out and replaced by trees.
Changing the parallel parking on the kerb to angle parking is expected to replace many of the parks lost.
Work will begin in February on the revamp, with the timeline to completion expected to be six to eight weeks.
Beautification works will also be undertaken, as well as an increase in outdoor public dining areas.
Council has admitted that taking parks out of the centre of the street will impact on the parking situation in the CBD, but said the reduction would be minimal.
City of Ballarat mayor John Burt said current plans showed that between three and five parks would be lost in the redevelopment.
There are currently 87 parking spaces in Armstrong Street North.
State government will put in $500,000, with the City of Ballarat providing just over $580,000 for the revamp which was revealed yesterday in The Courier.
Cr Burt said the changes would reinvigorate the whole area.
“The aim is to make parking safer and because of that I’m sure the accessibility of the businesses will be a lot better,” he said.
He said parking would be a lot easier for people on Armstrong Street.
“I’m not a very good parallel parker. I think coming in on the 45 degrees would be a lot better and a lot easier,” he said.
Cr Burt said council was looking at other parking solutions for the CBD.
He also said people had to change their expectations about getting a park out the front of wherever they wanted to go.
“What’s wrong with walking a block and half? In Melbourne we do it all the time and think nothing of it,” he said.