NEW 'parklet pods' made from six-metre skip bins and fitted out with benches and plants will be trialled in central Geelong as an innovative alfresco dining solution for cafes that lack adequate footpath space.
Local design consulting business Spiire has been working in collaboration with the City of Greater Geelong's Urban Design Unit on the design and delivery of the parklet pods. The pods take up just one car park space and allow café owners to add their own tables and chairs.
The first pod has been delivered to James Street outside the James Street Bakery and one more pod will be installed in October near the corner of Little Malop Street for Coffee Cartel, soon to open. If the trial is successful, more pods could be placed around the city.
Above: Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons and fiancée Elissa Friday at the James Street Parklet Pod
Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons described the pods as a creative alfresco solution that adds atmosphere and colour to central Geelong's pedestrian precincts and said they are a great solution for central Geelong cafes that do not have enough footpath space to accommodate alfresco dining.
"The pods are fitted out with plants which will add a much needed touch of greenery to the street. One of my goals as Mayor is to bring more flowers and plants to our CBD – I want Geelong to be a city in a park," the Mayor said.
Michelle Heagney who holds the portfolio for Central Geelong said the 'parklet pods' were aimed at supporting central Geelong traders.
"Each pod fits into a single car park space and gives businesses a greater street presence and more flexible seating options. It's part of our plan to activate central Geelong and create more opportunities for our local traders," Cr Heagney said.