Visitors to the Bayswater town centre have a new spot to sit and relax with the City's first mobile parklet installed this week. Community group Baysie Rollers secured funding for the project through the City's Placemaking Seed Funding, with the aim to create more usable shared public spaces in the town centre. Built by Bayswater Men's Shed, the movable wooden structure features seating and planter boxes.
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the City was pleased to support another project that delivered on the City's Place Activation Plans.
"When we asked the community what they want to see in Bayswater Town Centre, improved streetscapes and public spaces, including parklets, topped the list.
"Council then adopted a set of Parklet Guidelines to help businesses and local residents transform carparks and verges into attractive public spaces for everyone to enjoy.
"After gaining approval to lower the speed limit to 40km per hour in the town centre, this parklet is another way we're supporting the community's priorities for placemaking in Bayswater.
"Parklets provide places for people to, sit, relax and take some time out in the middle of our busy town centres. They encourage people to stay longer – which can only be a good thing for local businesses.
"I would like to thank Baysie Rollers and Bayswater Men's Shed for their great work, and hope to see more projects like this one come to life across all our town centres."
The City provided $5,000 funding for the project through its Seed Placemaking Funding program. The parklet's first location is on Whatley Crescent opposite the Bayswater Train Station.