In 2021, researchers from RMIT University developed a 'playful parklet' - a small, portable public space for free public use that can be temporarily installed on kerb-side car parking spaces. It was designed and implemented in collaboration with artists, performers, and local governments across Melbourne. It is a platform for creative workshops, live music, and interactive installations that draws on innovative design and programmed activities.
This report outlines the context, design, site selection, implementation and user experience of the deployment of the playful parklet in the Glenferrie Road shopping precinct in the inner Melbourne suburb of Malvern, through a partnership with the City of Stonnington. The report reflects on the processes of planning, implementing, and managing the parklet and draws on preliminary data and exploratory research methods to evaluate how successfully the parklet met both the researchers’ and local councils’ aims centred around community activation through collaborative design and placemaking.