Waverley Council’s Streets as Shared Spaces (SASS) parklet trial, funded by the NSW Government, has been a success, with the Bondi Bounce Parklet Consultation report available to view on our website.
Council’s Strategic Planning and Development Committee last week voted to retain the parklets in Wairoa Avenue, Bondi Beach and Watson Street, Bondi for a further six months. Parklets in Boonara Avenue and Ocean Street, Bondi and Waverley Street, Bondi Junction will be moved to new temporary locations based on expressions of interest, strategic merit and assessment and approval by the Waverley Traffic Committee.
The parklets, along with wayfinding elements about Bondi’s history, were installed on 22 February, during World Pride month. The parklets were strategically placed off Bondi Road and Campbell Parade to provide places to rest and ‘bounce’ along the popular 3.5km walk from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach and beyond.
As well as identifying location-specific learnings for parklets, the trial identified significant public space values the community holds and identified priorities regarding the allocation of the space within our streetscapes. Council will continue to monitor community priorities around streets as shared spaces into the future with the aim of creating a more inviting, friendly and accessible public domain.
This project is funded by the NSW Government's Streets as Shared Spaces Program.
What is a parklet?
A parklet is a footpath extension that provides more additional public space and amenity such as seating and planting. They are intended to act as a gathering place for the community and serve as a space to relax and interact, helping to accommodate any unmet demand for space on thriving neighbourhood retail streets and commercial areas. The parklet platforms sit adjacent a footpath and take up one car space, converting parking space into vibrant community space. The flexibility and movability of parklets allow them to be utilised as trials and make them invaluable to Council’s dedication to respond to any change in community priorities over time.