West Perth residents and businesses are set to welcome a new bee-friendly parklet on Colin Street this week thanks to collaborative efforts between the City of Perth and local community groups.
Inspired by Bee Scene – a West Perth Local and WA Loves Nature initiative – the seating emulates natural beehives, while flowering plants have been used to support the bee population.
West Perth Bee Scene is aimed at not only conserving our native bees, but activating the streets of West Perth.
Following the successful trial of parklets on Hampden Road, Nedlands and Royal Street, East Perth, the City of Perth and West Perth Local are excited to see the native-themed parklet come to fruition.
“Originally, I was a bit nervous about losing valuable parking space on Colin Street, but now that the parklet is built and installed, we couldn’t be happier,” West Perth Local Chairperson Steve Wellard said.
“We are very thankful the City of Perth has created such a great piece of street art that blends in perfectly with our West Perth Bee Scene and the yoga space that it fronts.”
The new parklet on Colin Street between Hay and Mayfair Streets will provide West Perth residents and workers with buzzing amenity featuring an urban lounge, tables and pod seats as well as planter boxes providing screening from traffic.
Existing street trees will provide shade for those wanting to use the parklet.
“This initiative is a great example of friendly collaboration to deliver positive outcomes for the community,” City of Perth Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said.
“An overwhelming majority of local businesses have been enthusiastic about the parklets and we hope this activation will encourage residents, workers and visitors to discover, or rediscover, the area.
“This highlights the importance of street level activation and the City will work to ensure these parklets continue to bring more vibrancy into the community and support local business.”
Parklets have been used successfully around the world to enhance street amenity and create community vibrancy by offering interesting spaces in repurposed carpark bays.