But Scotland supporters were given a glimpse of the future when Greig Laidlaw came on as a replacement and so nearly scored a try.
Robinson's options don't end there with Glasgow Warriors duo Ruaridh Jackson on the comeback trail to full fitness and Duncan Weir impressing in Scotland A's thumping 33-0 defeat of England Saxons.
Originally Robinson had talked Parks out of retirement following the World Cup but so impressive was Laidlaw's performance as a replacement that the former England coach had no qualms about handing him the starting berth for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales.
"Greig has a fantastic opportunity," said Robinson. "He is a quality rugby player who will be really challenged by the Welsh defence.
"It's about him being able to open up that defence with his skills, and about guys coming really hard onto the ball. [England] was a game early for him but the right thing for us after losing that first game.
"At the beginning of this Championship I was speaking to Dan about the future and about retiring and also about the injury to Ruaridh Jackson and the tens that we had that hadn't played a lot of rugby at ten and I asked him to be involved in the first two games.
"I picked him for Saturday because I believed that with Dan in the side, we could play the way we wanted to play the game. Through us not winning and the way that Greig came on and played and the way Duncan played for the A team and the confidence he had, I made a decision on Sunday night and Monday morning and spoke to Dan on Monday evening.
"Having lost last weekend, I believe the time is right to move on and look to develop our emerging talent at stand-off.
"I've always stressed the importance of the A team and the part that both Duncan Weir and Stuart Hogg played in the game at Netherdale last week is another reason for my continued excitement and belief in Scottish rugby."