Parklet has place in a vibrant lifestyle

Cafe Gelato owner Omeed Mehdi with Victoria Park Councillor Vicki Potter and her son Blake (3). Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d412115
Cafe Gelato owner Omeed Mehdi with Victoria Park Councillor Vicki Potter and her son Blake (3). Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d412115

The quirky rest point is based on a popular concept that began in North American cities in 2010 when the first formal parklets were installed in San Francisco that, three years later, now has 38.

Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the basic philosophy inspiring the concept was the Town’s vision of a vibrant lifestyle.

‘The concept helps with achieving this vision by creating comfortable, low cost, public spaces along Albany Highway for people to sit, relax and enjoy,’ he said.

‘If this parklet is received well by local businesses and the community we will plan more to be installed over summer and potentially autumn to take advantage of the warmer weather.

‘They are designed to be relatively inexpensive to construct and maintain as well as being relocatable. Additional parklets could be located in areas along Albany Highway at points where the verge or footpath are extra-wide so that they’re not in the way of pedestrians,’ he said.

There was also a real economic benefit to the local businesses in the surrounding area.