We were engaged by Moreland City Council to help create Melbourne’s first pilot parklet in Wheatsheaf Road, Glenroy.
Parklets serve as an extension of the sidewalk to provide extra space for pedestrians. Typically they extend out from the footpath at the same level to the width of the adjacent parking space. They can range in size from 1 parking bay to 3 or more. They offer a range of functions, including space for people to stop and rest, bicycle parking, or use by adjacent businesses.
Our recommended configuration of the parklet design, or what we call Parkscape, combines Foodscape with what we call Platform – a rapidly deployable steel frame with timber inserts that creates a level surface between the curb and the road.
Parkscape also meets Council safety and maintenance requirements, and provides new public amenity for residents and local businesses.
We believe the Parkscape project in Glenroy is a holistic and integrated approach to urban change. While providing responsive and engaging street furniture, residents and traders will now have the opportunity to experience new ideas. These new ideas can become catalysts for creating interest and excitement about larger future Council projects, and more targeted and relevant responses for the greater community.
Moreland City Council