It was a beautiful Saturday morning and I was heading to MacRitchie Reservoir (MR) for a good run. As I was driving into the carpark, I was unpleasantly surprised to be greeted by a saluting gantry.
MR is a beautiful park where families like to go for a weekend stroll. I am not sure why National Parks (NPs) decide to charge for parking now as the renovated carpark was free of charge all along. The probable reason could be that NPs is trying to recover the cost of renovating the toilet and drop-off point area. I believe that some families would think twice about spending a weekend at MR now. From what I can observe that morning, the carpark occupancy easily dropped about 20%.
Referring to the parking charges below, even Sunday parking is chargeable. I hope that the relevant authorities can reconsider making Sunday parking free of charge (like Lower Pierce Reservoir) to encourage families to come together and enjoy a healthy activity at the park.
I paid about $3.10 for parking at MR on that Saturday morning, which could have bought me a decent meal at a hawker centre. Going forward, running at MR shall become a rarity for me....