Fremantle transformed into thriving public space hub for Park(ing) Day

Anna Lupton, April Gilbert, Alice Unzowa and Jasmine May at the annual Park(ing) Day.Picture: Robin Kornet        www.communitypix.com.au   d443759
Anna Lupton, April Gilbert, Alice Unzowa and Jasmine May at the annual Park(ing) Day.Picture: Robin Kornet        www.communitypix.com.au d443759

FREMANTLE parking spaces were transformed last Friday as the annual Park(ing) Day event hit businesses around town.

A number of local spaces were converted into musical, artistic or relaxing areas for patrons to enjoy, including an eclectic ‘re-crate’ space outside the Raw Kitchen; pop, blues and rock playing at the Fremantle Markets; and books, tea and Pictionary fun near Gino’s Cafe.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said Park(ing) Day was a great event to promote greener streets, improve walk-ability in the City and enliven public spaces.

“It’s an opportunity for people to ‘take back the streets’ from cars and show that our streetscapes are places for people,” he said.

“We encouraged the community and businesses to transform parking bays into gardens, arts spaces, recycled creation havens and music venues; places that people want to engage with.

“It started with four small bays taken over by community members and local businesses, growing to nine bays in 2014 and 12 bays for this year.”