Parade of Hearts on Prospect Road Tonight

Hundreds of local residents and guests are expected to attend a parade and community event to be held on tonight (Friday 18 November) in Vine Street Plaza to officially celebrate the completion of the Prospect Road 'Village Heart' Master Plan works.

Students from local primary schools, Nailsworth Primary, Blackfriars Priory, Prospect North Primary and Rosary School, will be part of the celebrations wearing red and carrying heart themed decorations in a colourful and vibrant parade along Prospect Road from St Helens Park.

The parade will be led by a group of children from HeartKids SA, an organisation dedicated to supporting children with heart disease and their families.  

"The colour red and hearts are intended to reflect the new Village Heart and that the people of Prospect love where we live, our families and community." says City of Prospect Mayor, David O'Loughlin.

The Parade will travel from St Helens Park to Vine Street Plaza where children will meet up with their families and join in the community
celebrations. In Vine Street Plaza people will be able to enjoy food and refreshments, participate in workshops, browse the wonderful Vine Street markets, enter the Prospect Library 'design a jersey' competition and spend an evening with your local community enjoying the new Prospect Road Village Heart. The $3.4m Prospect Road Master Plan is designed to take full advantage of the shift of consumers back to mainstreet shopping. The upgrade also incorporates the inclusion of nine new public art works 'PULSE' by artist Warren Langley. Certain to delight pedestrians and passer-by with its magical forms and changing light effects.

Council's vision is to create for its mainstreets a series of retail and commercial precincts that are people-friendly with an eclectic collection of cafes, shops and boutiques, offices, shady trees, funky street furniture, entertainment and cultural experiences including interactive public art.

"The Village Heart redevelopment has transformed the existing arterial road into a shared place for people that will drive economic and social vibrancy. Importantly this Master Plan work is being undertaken in conjunction with our Development Plan Amendments which aim to increase the density and height of developments, to inspire significant private property redevelopment and infill development opportunities along our main arterial roads' Mayor O'Loughlin said.

Key features of this project include:

* A design 'first' to slow traffic speed (40km/h) on an arterial road and improve safety for all road users.

* Fully indented parking bays in attractive and wider paved footpaths.

* An additional pedestrian-activated crossing between Flora and Kintore Avenues.

* Attractive landscaping, including groundcovers and additional shady trees.

* 24 hour bicycle lane on each side of the road.

* Re-sealing of the road surface.

* Uplighting.

* New public artworks PULSE by Warren Langley.

* Innovative street furniture.

* A complete makeover of Vine Street Plaza.

* The National Broadband Network Company have 'future proofed' the Village Heart through laying conduit prior to main construction work to meet future increased demand for digital telecommunications.

* Significant improvement to street signage and identification of parking.

The completed project previews many of the outcomes envisaged in the State Government's 30 year plan for greater Adelaide.

All the residents and business owners in the City of Prospect are invited to join in the main street celebrations and walk or ride their bikes to Vine Street Plaza where bike racks will be provided and the festivities, including free, roving entertainment and children's craft workshops, will continue.

City of Prospect will further showcase the redeveloped Prospect Road Village Heart when we host the start of Stage 1 of the Santos Tour Down Under on 17 January 2012 and the Tourrific Prospect street party on 16 January 2012.

Event Snapshot:

Date: Friday 18 November 2011
Time: 5:15pm – children assemble at St Helens Park
5:45pm – parade leaves St Helens Park
5.45pm – 8:00pm – Vine Street Plaza celebrations including a welcome and launch by State Transport Minister Pat Conlon and Mayor David O'Loughlin.
Where: Parade from St Helen's Park, Prospect Road, Prospect, followed by festivities at Vine Street Plaza, Prospect

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