What is a Pocket Park?

The Pocket Parks in the city is based on traffic strategies of the past, which closed a number of streets creating many road closures across the city. These road closures now create an opportunity to enhance the green character of Unley’s streets, a place to create safer connections and can provide a place to pause and connect.

Why are we doing engagement with road Closures along Duthy St?

We have established the ‘Pocket Parks Pilot Program’ to work with local residents and businesses to create safer, greener pocket parks. This is key to defining a safe, connected and pleasant street network that can enhance accessibility and lifestyle within the City of Unley.

Council has selected 6 existing road closures along Duthy Street and has prepared a questionare to understand the level support for the ‘Pocket Parks Pilot Program’. This exciting pilot aims to work with local residents and business owners to enhance these areas as part of an initiative for safer, more connected and more pleasant places for people. 

 

Pocket Park Vision and Principles

‘Pocket Parks’ support a safer, connected and pleasant street network that can enhance the lifestyle within the city of Unley. 

There are 4 key principles for a Pocket Park: 
_Improve legibility of intersection
_Strengthen green character 
_Connecting residents, local businesses and place to pause
_Support local storm water collection

Why Pocket Parks?

The City of Unley is taking a new approach to promote public open spaces in non-traditional places. Our ‘Living City Open Space Strategy’ and ‘Community Plan 2033’ both outline the importance of creating more innovative recreational spaces that will support importance of better connections and social interactions across the City. 

Unley has less than 3% public Open Space and opportunities to rethink our local streets including Pocket Parks, will provide more places for people in our neighbourhoods. 

Whats next after Engagement?

From the survey results, Council staff will work with interested residents/businesses to identify local opportunities for change. Once a design has been agreed with residents, the Pocket Park will then be presented to the Council for future budget consideration and prioritisation. 

Will there be loss of parking?

Parking considerations will be considered during the design process and respond to the survey on residents willingness to comprimise parking to enable more street improvements. 

Design Process

Council intend to work with interested local community to get a better understanding and identify opportunities for change which may include: 
_new street features ( seating, artwork, bike racks)
_Rain water collection initiatives for local catchment 
_Increased vegetation and canopy cover