May 26 2022
Parklet a new drawcard in our CBD
AlburyCity will move forward with an eight-month trial of a CBD parklet, following the announcement of a $120,000 grant through the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces Program.
A parklet is a footpath extension that provides pedestrian-friendly spaces to stop, sit, and to rest while taking in the activities of the street.
The proposed parklet, titled ‘Pods of Play’, will be located on Dean St out the front of ‘Hapi’ and ‘Zen X’ restaurants, creating a special space that people can enjoy while out and about in our city’s centre.
The idea originated from Albury Business Connect, who undertook extensive research and consultation in early 2021, before bringing a recommendation to Council.
“The pandemic has been tough for traders across the city, so in consultation with local innovators, a parklet for the city was put forward for consideration, with the aim of creating interest and supporting retail in our recovery. Increased visitation and length of stay would be a great outcome for CBD traders,” said Barry Young, Albury Business Connect Chair.
The parklet will be accessible for people of all abilities, and decked out with bench seating and wet-weather and shade cover, as well as lighting during the evening. The area surrounding the seating will be filled with plants and trees, creating a beautiful green oasis within the streetscape.
During the trial, residents, visitors and business owners will be invited to provide their feedback on the parklets via an online survey.
Mayor Kylie King thanked the NSW Government for their contribution, that will continue to improve our outdoor shared spaces, and attract more people to the Albury CBD.
“This funding gives us the opportunity to create a unique outdoor experience that both locals and visitors can enjoy,” said Mayor King.
“The aim of the project is to assist in the revitalisation of our CBD, and we are keen to hear our community’s feedback during the trial. It will help us understand if it’s adding value to the street, how it might be improved, and what other types of outdoor shared spaces we could consider in the future.”
Member for Albury Justin Clancy said the Streets as Shared Spaces program is part of the NSW Government’s focused efforts to help residents and the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These projects provide improvements to how we use our public spaces, support local economies and make our streets more attractive and welcoming for people. This project is one of many that will activate and re-imagine an under-utilised space and provide social, health and economic benefits for the local community," Mr Clancy said.
This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government through the Streets as Shared Spaces Program.
The parklet will be installed in mid-2022.