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Autumn Parklet Program
With the success of the initial Summer Parklet Program, it's here to stay until July. Council recently provided a second opportunity for local hospitality businesses to get involved in the program, with second round applications closing on 12 February 2021. During March, successful businesses across the municipality had their street frontage transformed and a custom built parklet installed, free-of-charge. They are now ready to welcome you for a COVID-Safe Autumn of outdoor dining!
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Summer Parklet Program applications for extension have been reviewed. Thirteen businesses applied to extend their parklets until 30 June 2022 and a further four parklet hosts welcomed the removal of their parklet spaces.
The Moonee Valley Summer Parklets program brought sparkle to our streets, and it’s not over just yet. We’re set to enjoy a COVID-Safe Autumn of alfresco dining.
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Frequently asked questions
Parklets are repurposed car parking spaces designed to create new spaces for community through the provision of seating, greenery and bike parking facilities. This includes the opportunity for businesses to extend seating and offer outdoor dining options.
The Autumn Parklet Program is being offered to hospitality businesses affected by Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements. The parklets are free, but limited in number.
The Autumn Parklet Program will run 1 July 2021. Council is open to shorter periods as well, as this will enable us to provide the parklet to another business. If you want the parklet for less time, please include this on your application.
If your business is selected to be a parklet host, you will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the parklet. You will need to sign up to conduct a monthly host maintenance checklist.
The parklet will be for customers. However, just like the footpath, it is public space and everyone is welcome to come 'in' to your parklet.
Council will provide successful parklet applicants with a standard set up, including built-in bench seating and vegetation. Businesses may use their own furniture, and it is anticipated that state government grants will be available to businesses for the purchase of additional furnishings.
If this is the situation for your business, we encourage you to talk to a neighbouring business that has a more suitable site and ask for a letter/email of support for siting your parklet outside their business premises. You will still be responsible for the maintenance of the parklet.
Council can provide information on parklets to support you in discussions that you may have with your neighbours. This information will be available on Council's Autumn Parklet Program website. You may wish to consider if you can negotiate with a neighbour and suggest a shorter installation period. Depending on demand, we may be able to arrange a phone call with your neighbouring businesses if they agree to it.
The parklets are supported by the State Government's Outdoor Eating and Entertainment Package.
Yes - two businesses may apply for parklets that are adjacent to each other, noting the parklet siting guidelines will need to apply to each space. This may be one shared space, or two that are side by side. The space within all parklets has to comply with social distancing requirements.
The parklets are designed to be easily installed and easily removed. If you are not happy with the parklet you will need to advise Council in writing and the parklet will be removed. You would not be eligible for any further parklet funding from Council.
The Autumn Parklet Program will conclude and Council will arrange for removal of the parklet. However, should your business be interested in keeping the parklet, Council will work with you and nearby businesses to consider an extension. If granted, at this point Council would require a fee from the business to cover transfer of ownership of the parklet to you. Any fees that are waived as part of the Autumn Parklet Program (e.g. public liability insurance) will no longer be waived after 1 July 2021. At this stage, the on-going costs are still being determined.
Council strongly encourages businesses to support each other, and with many trading restrictions in place as part of Victoria's Roadmap for Reopening, the best support we can give to some businesses is allowing them more outdoor trading space. Remember this is a temporary program. Council will evaluate the impact of the program, so it will also produce valuable data to inform future decisions about initiatives like this. However, Council is looking to provide parklets for businesses that have their neighbours' support. If there is opposition to parklets, we are not looking to force a parklet into a space. If you don't like the idea of a parklet, but do want to support outdoor trading, consider other options - for example, agreeing to extended footpath trading for a nearby business.