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Parklets: The street craze enhancing community safety and supporting local businesses

You’ve probably seen them pop up in some of the city’s thoroughfares, but now small urban parks,  known as parklets, are set to cover Adelaide’s streets.

You’ve probably seen them pop up in some of the city’s thoroughfares, but now small urban parks,  known as parklets, are set to cover Adelaide’s streets bringing nature to alfresco dining this spring/summer season. 

The outdoor dining craze, placed on former parking spaces, has proliferated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reduced demand for parking coincided with increased demand for outdoor space has driven Adeladians towards creating a better city. 

Parklets provide a public amenity, including outdoor space for nearby cafés and restaurants, bike racks, planter boxes, benches, landscaping and other features. They add to the vibrancy of the streetscape, in turn, increasing activity in the area, enhancing community safety and supporting local businesses.

The City of Adelaide parklet program is based on the model originally developed in San Francisco where more than 50 parklets have been created under the Pavements to Parks program since 2010.

The City has worked closely with local businesses to create a number of privately-funded parklets as part of a program to test the San Francisco model in our local environment.

Six parklets are now operating in the city. Each was designed as a unique space, offering amenities such as bench seating, greenery, tables and shade that enhance the quality of public life, as well as outdoor dining which supports the economic prosperity of the sponsoring business.

The newest parklet has popped up outside Golden Wattle on Pirie Street. 

The parklet was completed earlier this week and features a 26 sqm space with flooring and sides. There is bicycle parking at one end, chairs, tables, pillows as well as other items that can be picked up at the end of business each day. 

Parklets have been a very effective adaptation to the need for spatial distancing and avoiding indoor spaces. 

Golden Wattle has been issued with a 12-month permit, with patrons and owners hoping the nature strip will become a permanent feature. 

Check out The Golden Wattle here

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