Port Phillip is home to a fun new form of public space with temporary community parklets popping up in parking bays across the City.
The fenced modular designs offer extra opportunities for residents to sit and relax, meet friends and family or enjoy a snack or coffee outdoors.
The ten parklets will be in place until at least 30 April 2021. After that, they may transfer to other locations.
Port Phillip Council Mayor Louise Crawford said the community parklets follow Council facilitating ten temporary business parklets in parking bays for traders to offer new or expanded outdoor dining.
“We are expecting outdoor spaces to be even more popular in the warmer weather as COVID-19 restrictions ease,” Cr Crawford said.
“These new community parklets are available for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s for a catch-up, a break while shopping or diving into a book,” she said.
“While you can relax there for as long as you like without needing to buy anything, they are also a great spot to enjoy a takeaway coffee or snack from nearby traders.”
The community parklets can be found at Napier Street, South Melbourne; Bridport Street, Albert Park; Spring Street South, Port Melbourne; Marlborough Street, St Kilda East; Meaden Street, Montague; Moubray Street, Albert Park; York Street, South Melbourne; Mills St, Middle Park; Tennyson St, Elwood and Waterfront Place.
The Victorian Government contributed a $100,000 grant under its Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund towards the community parklets. Council has provided more than $100,000 for this project under its Live Love Local initiative aimed at keeping Port Phillip vibrant during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery phase.