Richmond suffers from a typical urban problem – it is a dense neighbourhood much in need of public open space – so the City of Yarra proposed transforming underused streets into local parks.
The Jonas Street Park is testing this concept, to see if residents support the idea (and the park) before money is committed into permanent open spaces. CoDesign Studio recently designed and installed a bright new park in Jonas Street, next to North Richmond Station, for a six month long test drive.
The community was invited to contribute to the build and programming, and to provide feedback on the park. CoDesign and Council are collaborating with local traders, City of Yarra departments, Youth Services and local traders associations to develop a long term activation program for the site. The parklet will change and evolve over time in response to various uses, feedback and experience.