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Parklets bring new pizzazz to shopping strips

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Restrictions have eased, eateries are open, the sun is shining and it is time to enjoy our new parklets.

The Summer Parklets program is an exciting way to expand street life activities while maintaining a safe, socially-distanced environment.

Our parklets are car parking spaces we’re temporarily transforming into places to meet, eat and relax, with outdoor seating and greenery. Food businesses can use them to extend their outdoor dining options.

You will find these funky and functional street spaces popping up across Moonee Valley in coming weeks. Parklets are maintained by hosts, and are created specifically for customers during business hours, but can be used by others outside of those times.

One of the first has been installed in Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds, after a joint application from local traders Sir Duke and Sweet Latinas.

“People are gravitating to the new parklet,” said Ashley Elia, manager of Sir Duke. “Being out in our city’s street life with something to eat and drink is one of the most enjoyable things you can do.

“We are proud to be part of the Summer Parklets program and to help activate Puckle Street, one of Melbourne’s greatest shopping strips. It is really going to energise the area, having people enjoying the space. We are very excited.”

Alida Reyes of Sweet Latinas said that, “2020 has been a very tough year for us, just like everyone else. We are happy about the parklet, and we hope people will come out and enjoy it.”

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The first round of the program will see the installation of 16 parklets linked to 18 traders. Check the locations on our interactive map.

The program is supported by funding from the Victorian Government. Each parklet will be in place for a maximum of five months. A seventeenth parklet has been facilitated with the Moonee Ponds Traders Association.

As our local cafes and restaurants reactivate, we want to help them welcome patrons to outdoor spaces. Summer Parklets is part of this, as well as supporting a range of innovative dining set-ups, including activated laneways and temporary street closures.

Keep an eye out for streetscape improvements as well, including new lighting, greening, wi-fi installation and murals.

The parklets will be located outside the following traders:

• Mango Lounge – 17 Hall St, Moonee Ponds
• Edward Abbot – 315 Napier St, Strathmore
• Escagrill – 650 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds
• Revitalise – 293 Napier St, Strathmore
• North & Eight – 285-287 Buckley St, Aberfeldie
• Bowls Baby- 35 Rose St, Essendon
• 400 Gradi – 110 Keilor Rd, Essendon
• Fizz and Hop – 15 Holmes Rd, Moonee Ponds
• Calmer Café – 2E Fawkner St, Aberfeldie
• The East Pantry – 14 Centreway, Keilor East
• No. 19 – 214 Union Rd, Ascot Vale
• Sir Duke & Sweet Latinas – 99 Puckle St, Moonee Ponds
• Matte Black Café & La Gallina Charcoal Chicken – 1071 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon
• Suburban Cellar – 24 Puckle St, Moonee Ponds
• Max’s Corner – 1/3-5 Leake Street, Essendon North
• St Rose – 19 Rose Street, Essendon

Read more about the Summer Parklets program here.