Parklet Pods an innovative alfresco dining solution
Friday, 26 September 2014
New ‘Parklet Pods’ will be trialed in central Geelong as an innovative alfresco dining solution for cafes that don’t have adequate footpath space.
The ‘Parklet Pods’ are made off-site out of six-metre skip bins fitted out with benches and plants. The pod is delivered on site and takes up just one car park space. Café owners can add their own tables and chairs to the pod.
Local design consulting business Spiire has been working in collaboration with the City of Greater Geelong Urban Design Unit on the design and delivery of the Parklet Pods.
If the trial is successful, more pods could be placed around the city. As the pods are totally flexible and can be easily moved to new locations, they could also be used at major events in the future.
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 Lt Malop St for Coffee Cartel, soon to open.
Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons said they were a great solution for central Geelong cafes that didn’t have enough footpath space to accommodate alfresco dining.
“The ‘Parklet Pods’ are a creative alfresco solution that aims to add atmosphere and colour to central Geelong’s pedestrian precincts,” he said. Cr Michelle Heagney who holds the portfolio for Central Geelong said the ‘Parklet Pods’ were aimed at supporting central Geelong traders.
“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.”
“Each pod fits into a single car park space and gives businesses a greater street presence and more flexible seating options.” she said.
“It’s part of our plan to activate central Geelong and create more opportunities for our local traders”