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Sparkling parklets

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Summer has officially arrived, and after the strangest year any of us have experienced, people are in a mood to celebrate.

There is a great vibe on our neighbourhood streets. Lots of happy faces around the shopping strips and lots of picnickers in parks.

There is also a buzz around the Summer Parklets. These are repurposed car parking spaces designed to create new temporary spaces for our community, as well as providing opportunities for businesses to extend seating and offer outdoor dining options.

Research from other cities – such as Perth, Philadelphia and San Francisco – suggests that parklets can be a boon for local businesses.

In the first round of the program, 15 parklets will be installed in different parts of Moonee Valley. Each parklet will be in place for a maximum of five months.

It is still early days for our Summer Parklets program, but we will be collecting data to evaluate the impact of this temporary innovation, for traders as well as people enjoying our shopping precincts.

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Edward Abbott Wine Bar in Napier Street, Strathmore is one of the businesses hosting a parklet.

“The parklet is a terrific addition to our small business,” said owner Glenn Clements.

“We have had amazing feedback from the local community and our fellow traders in the area.

“The parklet provides a new space for the area where customers can sit off the footpath and enjoy the new aspect while sitting in the sun.”

Parklets are just one of the interventions we are trialling to bring more sparkle to our street life in a Covid-safe manner, along with temporary street closures, exciting new uses for laneways, and providing access to some public space in malls for trading.

This is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting local businesses and improving local centres.

Place-based upgrades (such as streetscape improvements, lighting, greening, wi-fi installation); retail promotion; hardship policy (rebates and waivers); and cutting red tape (e.g. for footpath trading) are other aspects of this multi-faceted approach.

Our streets are already great places to be. The Summer Parklet program provides another way for us to enjoy the warmer weather in our favourite shopping precincts, and think about the things we want to purchase from local traders.

After what we’ve been through in 2020, we deserve it!