Mary Street Piazza to be Permanent
Beaufort Street will soon have a great new place for people to meet, relax and enjoy.
The Mary Street Piazza was approved by Council on 9 September 2014. Well done City of Vincent! It will now be professionally designed and built. This will be a community space for decades to come.
The piazza was trialled between 25 July and 8 August 2014. The purpose of the trial was to provide an opportunity for people to see what could be done in the space and assess things like traffic and parking impacts.
The community feedback was fantastic with 87% of the 300 submissions supporting a new public space for Beaufort Street.
Here’s some pictures from the piazza trial.
This is a fantastic idea that really fits with the community’s vision for the street in the Better Beaufort Action Plan.
Principle 1 of the Action Plan is to ‘Create a great place for people of all ages’.
Attracting people is the key to creating a great place and supporting local businesses. We need to attract more people, particularly on weekdays, which are currently quiet times for the street. This can be achieved by creating a pedestrian-friendly street and places to sit and relax. Making the street more interesting and comfortable for people of all ages will help increase pedestrian numbers. Think about everything from the perspective of pedestrians and cyclists first. People don’t shop from their cars.
“If you plan for people and places, you get people and places. It is not true that more traffic and road capacity are the inevitable results of growth. They are in fact the products of very deliberate choices that have been made to shape our communities to accommodate the private automobile. We have the ability to make different choices — starting with the decision to design our streets as comfortable and safe places — for people on foot, not people in cars.” Project for Public Spaces
“We’re looking at our streets as valuable public places, and we need to make it easier and safer for people to walk around and bike…. Good streets are good business.” Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City Transport Commissioner
We’ll let you know when we find out more.