Cars give way to new ideas

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

A GROUP of Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dents took over a park­ing bay to raise a point about how pub­lic spa­ces can be used in dif­fer­ent ways.

A space out­side of the Vic Park MiniLab on Al­bany High­way was re­served for the group as part of Park(ing) Day, which in­volves turn­ing park­ing spots into tem­po­rary pub­lic parks.

Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Dave Lind­ner said the group wanted to show the com­mu­nity how park­ing spots could be used for other ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It also means that there are fewer cars on the street and that park­ing spots are pub­lic spa­ces that can be used for other things,” he said.

“It’s the sec­ond year that we have done it but the move­ment has been go­ing for about 12 years af­ter it started in San Fran­cisco.”

Mr Lind­ner said the Town of Vic­to­ria Park had been sup­port­ive of the park­ing ini­tia­tive.

“It’s the pre­cur­sor to parklets, which we have around Vic­to­ria Park,” Mr Lind­ner said.

“We re­laxed in our chairs, played games, used the chalk to draw and spoke to peo­ple as they passed by.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473928

Flavia Par­dini, Erin St­in­ton, Dave Lind­ner, Re­nee Dar­byshir with Arlo Tingey and Jane Lind­ner with Gretchen.

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