Pop-up park a sign of things to come

December 7, 2017 by  

A pop-up park to be introduced in Melbourne’s Elizabeth Street in time for this Christmas will act as a precursor to a more permanent public space planned by the City of Melbourne.

According to Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, an area between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane will be converted into a 375sqm pop-up park in preparation for the 2019 project that will see a permanent partial closure on Elizabeth Street’s eastern side.

A graphic design of the pop-up park reveals the introduction of moveable furniture, artificial turf, planter boxes and trees, which the Mayor says will provide a great atmosphere for the staging of small-scale events.

Doyle said the moves to make the area a permanent public space have been postponed until 2019 due to the construction of a major development in Flinders Street, which will provided much-needed office space – an extra 4,000 square metres – as well as childcare facilities for the CBD.

The redevelopment of the site is being undertaken by Fivex and will feature a revitalised tower housing 16 storeys of offices as well as three levels of retail.

Despite the delay, the Lord Mayor said the City is committed to establishing the permanent public space, complete with new street furniture, trees, bluestone paving, better lighting and drainage improvements, at a cost of $2.2m in 2019.