A bunch of alfresco dining parklets could be popping up in Yarra St, Union St and Pakington St

A bunch of alfresco dining parklets could be popping up in Yarra St, Union St and Pakington St

The Geelong council are seeking feedback on the plans.

We’re loving Geelong’s foodie movement that’s just flourished in the last couple of years. From bar and restaurants to cafes and pop-ups, we’ve witnessed incredible things happening in Geelong’s food scene.

While COVID certainly stalled the hospitality sector for a lengthy period, there’s been several new ideas, concepts and businesses born from the need to adapt, and now the City of Geelong have one more with the proposal of new outdoor dining spaces in three hospitality precincts.

The key takeaways

  • New outdoor dining spaces have been proposed for Geelong
  • Car parking spaces will be removed to make way for parklets
  • The council is seeking feedback on the plans

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Following the implementation of parklets in Ocean Grove (a move that has divided businesses owners in the Terrace), a dozen outdoor dining areas will be created in three Geelong hospitality precincts under plans being developed by the Geelong council.

According to the plans, we could be seeing seven parklets pop up in Geelong West with 12 parking spaces in Pakington Street and two loading bays removed to make way for al fresco dining areas.

The council is also planning to create three of these parklets in Yarra St (with the removal of five car parking places) and another two parklets in Union Street, resulting in the loss of three carparking spaces and the relocation of a loading zone.

These plans are part of a trial initiative due to begin in March, intended to enhance outdoor dining options during COVID-19. Local traders, residents and the community are being invited to provide feedback on the proposed trials by February 12.

This comes as the city previously received $500,000 from the State Government to develop al fresco initiatives.

Geelong councillor and Planning portfolio chair Kylie Grzybek said the project was one of the ways the council was assisting businesses through the pandemic.

“Council has developed a detailed range of direct support measures to help businesses navigate this highly challenging period,” she said.

“This includes business recovery grants, the waiving of rates and major fees, and tourism and visitor campaigns.

“The parklet project aims to create an environment that attracts visitors and encourages them to spend time in the precinct; to eat, drink, socialise and shop.”

If the decision is made to create the parklets, they will be in place for three months before any determination to continue past the trial period.

The concept plans can be viewed at yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au

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