Pop-up-parks have become increasingly common in Melbourne over recent years. Councils and various community groups have opened pop-up-parks in car parks, suburban streets and on undeveloped land.
A pop-up-park opened in Dandenong in 2011 and is still being used as a public space today. The temporary park is located opposite the railway station on Foster Street and features sporting fields, barbeques, seating areas and a community garden.
Pop-up-parks have also featured in other Melbourne municipalities. Earlier this year, Moreland trialled a pop-up-park in Brunswick in an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve safety in the streets. This eight week trial has resulted in a decision by Council to close off a portion of Wilson Avenue in Brunswick to create a permanent area of public open space. Construction of the park is expected to commence in January 2015.
A pop-up-patch on the rooftop of the multi-level car park in Federation Square provides veggie plots that are leased to the public. In addition, all restaurants and cafes in Federation Square have their own plot.
Pop-up-parks often provide excellent opportunities for the innovative and creative use of ‘left-over’spaces. Importantly, they can also be great platforms for community building and social interaction. We hope more authorities, developers and community groups embrace the concept.
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