Crawley Borough Council is proposing to provide 79 more car parking spaces at K2 Crawley, its hugely popular leisure centre.
The expansion, which will see the number of spaces rise to 549, will take place in 2018 at a cost of £170,000, subject to planning permission.
The additional parking spaces will be created by removing soft and hard landscaping in the current car park.
Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet approved the car park expansion at its meeting on Wednesday (28 June).
The current management contract for K2 Crawley, Broadfield 3G pitch and Bewbush Gym runs until November 2018, so the tender process for the next management contract will begin shortly.
The proposed extra parking spaces will enable bidders to project increases in customer numbers, increasing the financial payment the successful bidder makes to the council.
Bidders will also be asked how they would support the council’s broader sustainability policies and promote alternative methods of transport to the leisure centre.
Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said: “K2 Crawley has been a huge success over the past decade, with more than 1.3 million visitors using the wonderful facilities every year.
“However, this popularity means that the availability of car parking can be an issue at peak times. These extra spaces will help to alleviate that but we’ll also be asking contract bidders how they intend to promote greener ways of getting to and from the leisure centre.”
Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said: “We’re always trying to find ways to improve local facilities while balancing the council’s budget. Increasing the parking at K2 will not only help more people to access facilities for keeping fit and having fun, but through the new K2 contract it will contribute to funding the local services we all rely upon.”