ABC coverage of Park(ing) Day

Well done to everyone involved in Park(ing) Day in Freo today. ABC news covered it on the nightly news and with this new article

Pop-up parks prove popular in Perth as councils cater for pedestrians over cars

Wray Ave parklet in Fremantle

A unique concept to encourage more green spaces and fewer cars in city centres is catching on with of a number of Perth councils embracing pop-up parks.

They are known as parklets – car parking bays transformed into small parks and public seating spaces.

The initiative is part of a worldwide trend, with parklets being set up in more than 120 cities on Friday for International Park(ing) Day, to advocate for the better use of car bays.

Originating in San Francisco, the annual event hopes to create more social inclusiveness and help shift the balance away from cars to pedestrians.

Across Fremantle on Friday, that elusive car park may have been harder to find as more than a dozen teams competed to come up with the most creative use of the space.

Themes included Go Dockers!, Didge Breath, Outdoor Reading Room and Park N Roll.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said there had been some resistance to losing car bays, but overall the concept had been largely welcomed.

“It’s about creating green spaces in our city, but also new places where people can hang out in mini-parks and actually get to know each other and create a community,” he said.

The pop-up parks are designed to be temporary, moving locations every few months.

San Francisco-born Fremantle resident Jean-Paul Horré is now leading the charge for the concept to become more permanent.

Mr Horré, along with his partner Annie Matan, a sustainability researcher from Curtin University, has put together a proposal for a solar-powered community parklet on Wray Avenue in Fremantle.

“[It is] the first solar parklet in Australia that is going to be a permanent structure, and it’s a place where people can plug their devices in and charge off solar energy,” he said.

“It enhances pedestrian friendliness, and transforms urban dead space into a creative and useful space to sit down and observe the world or have a chat with someone or play music.”

The Wray Avenue parklet will be the subject of a crowdfunding campaign launched on Monday to raise money for reclaimed materials and solar equipment.

The City of Fremantle has agreed to co-fund the parklet, matching up to $14,000 in sponsorship if the crowdfunding is successful.

Local cafe owner Christian Ford was pleased with the impact the parklet was having on business.

“Not just for me, I think it’s good for the street. I’ve noticed new faces and a lot of people wandering in and out of the shops so it brings new people to area,” he said.

Leederville parklet

The idea is catching on around Perth, with businesses in Victoria Park and Leederville already using parklets to expand.

A parklet in front of a cafe on Oxford Street in Leederville was the first parklet the City of Vincent approved three years ago.

The number of applications has now grown so much that the council has created a parklet policy, due to be adopted next week.

The City of Vincent is also building its own parklets on street corners around town.

First posted Fri at 6:06pm

 

I also put the ABC news video on Facebook here (I am having trouble uploading onto Youtube) and here is the article. Great day.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=854444568010127

 

 

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One Response to ABC coverage of Park(ing) Day

  1. Hey Brad thanks for coming down and talking to the ABC. You have soundbites down pat! Trying to summerize an idea into a two sentice phrase proved to be a challenge for me.. I can only hope this Park(ing) Day and positive news coverage drums up more support for permanent, well done, San Francisco style, public parklets!

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