In response to the impact that COVID-19 restrictions had on the hospitality sector, the Victorian Government introduced a Temporary Outdoor Dining Initiative. This Initiative encouraged local councils to support the implementation of temporary extended outdoor dining spaces, including the installation of parklets and pop-up parks.

What is a parklet?

A parklet is a footpath extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street.

What is a pop-up park?

Pop-up parks can last a day, many weeks or can become permanent. They are smaller green spaces, usually nestled in an urban area.

Banyule outdoor spaces

During Victoria's COVID -19 lockdown in 2020, we constructed parklets and pop-up parks around Banyule to alleviate the pressure of restrictions on traders and community. Parklets and pop-up parks were a relatively low-cost way to extend outdoor spaces, helping to overcome density limits and provide additional outdoor space for people using the street.

Here are some of the parklets and pop-up parks we've installed across Banyule:

Parklet 1 - 187 – 209 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe - Café Strada, Woodfire Pizzeria and Cucina and Toyama Japanese Cruisine (collective parklet)
Parklet 2 - 227-235 Upper Heidelberg road, Ivanhoe – Souva So good, Gotham Donuts and Cosi Duci (collective parklet)
Parklet 3 - 92 Burgundy St, Heidelberg – Sir Henry Barkley Hotel (individual parklet)
Parklet 4 - 138 Burgundy street, Heidelberg – The Alleyway café (individual parklet)
Parklet 5 - 57 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg – Elia Greek Tavern (individual parklet)
Parklet 6 - 48 Burgundy Street, Heidelberg – Little Black Pig & Sons (individual parklet)
Parklet 7 - 82/84 Silverdale Rd, Eaglemont - Eaglemont Cellars Wine Bar (individual parklet)
Pop Up Park 1 - Greensborough Walk, 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough
Pop Up Park 2 - Ivanhoe Library and Cultural Hub, 275 Upper Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe
Pop Up Park 3 - Burton Crescent, East Ivanhoe

Have a look at how some of these outdoor spaces are being used in the community.

Have your say

We would like to know what the future holds for Temporary Outdoor Dining Initiative and would like your feedback. Your comments will help us develop a report to be presented to Council on 30 June 2022.

Have your say on whether outdoor dining parklets and pop-up parks are something you want to keep in the future. Share your thoughts until 22 May 2022.

Past engagement

What we did

In April 2021, we spoke to the community and traders to understand the impacts of the temporary outdoor initiative to determine if the parklets and temporary outdoor dining spaces should remain for a further 12 months.

Engagement activities involved:

  • telephone interviews with parklet traders,
  • telephone interviews with a random selection of traders located near to the parklets,
  • six community pop-up sessions at the three parklet sites,
  • online stakeholder survey.

A total of 308 participants were involved in the engagement activities.

The findings showed a high level of support for the program from the community and in June 2021, Council approved the outdoor dining initiative through to 30 June 2022 – waiving all permit costs for businesses associated with the Initiative.