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Instead, motorists have been advised to ''take the chance'' with other transport options, council transport group manager Richard Saunders said yesterday.
The Otago Daily Times reported earlier this week the St Andrew St gravel car park would be unavailable for about two months when work began on the latest link in the city's cycle network.
Work on the cycleway extension - connecting the central city to the West Harbour shared path - was expected to start within the next two months and take up to eight weeks to complete, at a cost of about $700,000.
The car park would be closed for the duration as it also needed to be reconfigured to accommodate the cycle lane, Mr Saunders said at the time.
The announcement came days after the council also confirmed it had stopped taking bookings for its leased car parks, after reports the waiting list for some had blown out beyond a year.
The St Andrew St car park was a popular spot for all-day commuter parking, although Mr Saunders had said this week he could not say exactly how many parks were affected because they were not marked.
The council had previously said it had a capacity of about 200 vehicles, but the ODT counted about 240 vehicles parked there during a visit at 2pm yesterday, even though the car park was only about three-quarters full.
There appeared to be space for about another 40 or 50 vehicles, which would usually be taken if not for school holidays.
Commuters spoken to late yesterday were not impressed by the temporary closure plan.
Terri Woods said she parked there every day because it was close to Dunedin Hospital, where she worked, and ''because it's cheap and I'm a Scotsperson''.
She was resigned to having to come to work earlier each morning to find somewhere else to park.
''But then everyone else will be doing the same thing. It's not going to be too easy,'' she said.
She hoped the site could be redeveloped in time, suggesting it would be an ideal site for a parking ''high-rise'' for commuters.
But, in the meantime, she accepted the council had no options available to it.
''How do you magic up a car park facility? I can see why that would be difficult, and maybe not even realistic.''
Natasha Taukamo, a masters student on work placement, said she only used the car about once a week, but felt the temporary closure was ''not great''.
''There aren't many parking options available that are affordable or actually close to the city centre,'' Ms Taukamo said
''It's not going to directly affect me, but it's definitely going to affect everyone else who uses it daily.
''I think it's something that should be addressed, because parking options aren't great.''
Mr Saunders said yesterday the council accepted the temporary closure would cause disruption and there were no easy alternatives in the area around the railway station and harbourside.
Parks in the area were already ''very well used'' and there were no plans to provide alternative parking options or other measures to offset the temporary disruption, he said.
Instead, motorists should ''seek alternate parking or take the chance to try other transport arrangements during the disruption'', he said.