Ealing Parklet opens

Parklet_web_1_Shoppers in Ealing are the first in West London to benefit from a new idea brought over from San Francisco to create mini-parks on the high street.

Visitors to Bond Street in central Ealing can now sit and relax in West London’s first parklet – a temporary park created on the street within a parking bay.

The parklet is designed to create an inviting and relaxing space on the street and encourage people to stop and enjoy some of the shops and eateries on Bond Street.

Seating, cycle stands and flower beds have been introduced outside VK sport as part of the project, which is funded by Transport for London’s Future Streets Incubator and supported by Ealing Broadway BID.

The parklet will stay in Bond Street for around six weeks before moving to the Avenue in West Ealing. After that ward councillors or local community groups will be able to bid to have the parklet located in their area.

Ealing Council’s Assistant Director of Strategic Transport, Nick O’Donnell, said: “Parklets are a great way of providing a small oasis in a busy area to allow shoppers, pedestrians and cyclists to take a seat and relax. We hope that it will make the street even more attractive and encourage people to stop and enjoy some of the street’s many shops and eateries.”

Richard De Cani, Transport for London’s Managing Director of Planning, said: “We want to make the most of our roads across London and are investing in cycling, safer junctions and improved urban spaces. Bringing vibrant green spaces to busy streets is a great way to improve the local environment, and that is why we are pleased to part fund and support Ealing’s Parklet.”

Ann Hunter, Chief Executive, Ealing Broadway BID, said: “This initiative breathes new life into the high street, adding new public open space, planting, seating and cycle parking. This flexible space will hopefully encourage more activity and we support innovative programmes like this which draw footfall and increase the enjoyment of the high street for customers.”

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