Lagoon goers stealing car parks from Springfield shoppers
COMPLAINTS about lagoon swimmers taking up the majority of parking spots at Orion Springfield Central have begun to surface following the opening of the popular water park.
Many shoppers have contacted the paper claiming that they could not get a park when they wanted to go shopping because people were parking at the centre and then walking across the road to visit the lagoon.
Springfield Lakes resident Tabitha Wilton didn't think parking would be an issue at 12pm on a weekday when she jumped in the car to go to Hogs Breath Cafe for lunch with her husband.
"We drove in and we instantly thought, this is insane," she said.
"We didn't think it would be a problem seeing as many people would be at work and their kids would be at school.
"But that wasn't the case. We drove around for about 15 minutes before we left and went and had lunch elsewhere.
"As we were driving out, we saw that the lagoon was full, and surprisingly enough, there didn't seem to be a lot of people entering the shopping centre.
"It was really disappointing because it was my husband's birthday and that is where he really wanted to go to eat."
Peter Lawnton from Brookwater echoed Mrs Wilton's comments when we spoke to him out the front of the lagoon.
Mr Lawnton said he was on his way to the shopping complex after parking outside the centre.
"I have started parking at the back of Robelle Domain and walking down to the shopping centre," he said.
"Sure, it costs me a few bucks, but when I have an important business meeting which I need to get to quickly, I don't have much time to go driving through the entire centre looking to grab a car park.
"I have found that some days I could be driving around for about 10 minutes." We contacted Orion Shopping Centre for a response but did not receive one.