Freo's View


Posted in city of fremantle, hospitality, parking, parklet, western australia by freoview on September 21, 2016



The City of Fremantle should have another look at its parklet policy and adjust it as it is not working at present.

The parklets that have been approved are more often than not vacant and not used by anyone for days, so they are a waste of space.

I walk the streets of the West End every day of the week and have never seen anyone sitting at the parklet of the Fremantle Hostel in Pakenham Street or the one down the road at the Natural Light photography cafe.

Even the parklet at Bread in Common in the same street is mostly without patrons, and the one at the Lapa restaurant in Hight Street, next to the more frequented alfresco area of the National Hotel, is also hardly ever occupied with diners.

In contrast the very first Freo parklet at the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street is popular with patrons.

Parklets take away essential inner city parking and loading bays and if they are not used they should be dismantled and the space returned to the City for parking as these empty spaces are not attractive at all.

Roel Loopers


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  1. Ralph Treasure said, on September 21, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Was echoing your thoughts as I rode to the Post Office yesterday.
    Whether they are used or not I think they are just plain ugly and do nothing for the town. Perhaps the council should increase the cost and reduce the terms. That would keep them on their toes and only they would only keep them if they are in fact worthwhile. Just common sense really.

  2. bigjulie said, on September 21, 2016 at 10:40 am

    It looks like it should be on a Normandy beach to repel an invasion fleet?
    Or a tsunami barrier?
    What about just a painted green zone which can be used for cars off peak?

  3. Clayton Gunning said, on September 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Could the lack of use just be a result of the cold weather? Whilst the photo is bathed in sunshine it’s still colder than most of us like and are used to.

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