City looks at United States ‘parklets’ idea to bring life to streets

University of WA students selling the satirical Prosh newspaper to passing motorists on Stirling Highway in Cottesloe last week.
University of WA students selling the satirical Prosh newspaper to passing motorists on Stirling Highway in Cottesloe last week.

Dubbed ‘parklets’, businesses can be provided with a permit that will allow them to install one of these areas in up to two parking bays directly in front of their business for alfresco dining, bicycle parking or public green space.

The City of Fremantle is considering allowing parklets for an initial temporary period of up to two years with the possibility for renewal after that. Mayor Brad Pettitt said cities in the United States were using the parklets to bring life back onto their streets.

‘I think the great little parklet outside Moores Caf´┐Ż is a great example of where they can best work,’ he said.

‘It has the potential to add the vibrancy and activity to our quieter streets as well as a uniqueness and creativity as businesses create these little spaces.

‘There are easy design ways of making sure they are safe for users and I think realistically we will only get half a dozen of these parklets popping up over Fremantle so the parking impacts will be minimal,’ the mayor added.