After several months of digesting the outcomes from the October 2013 Clovelly Road Better Block demonstration day, this streetscape improvement concept has morphed into a broader project – called “Park to Pacific” of “P2P”.
Rather than looking at Clovelly Road block-by-block, this arterial roadway ‘re-imagining’ exercise has developed into a more comprehensive urban design idea – to develop a beautification scheme for the entire length of Clovelly Road, from Centennial Park to the Pacific Ocean.
A passionate group of local residents involved in the 2013 demo day (members of whom include professionals in urban design, architecture, arboriculture and landscape architecture) formed a steering committee to advance the cause of this concept. The steering committee has, for the last six weeks, been petitioning local businesses and residents, and most importantly Randwick Council.
The Council has expressed their support for the P2P idea and were one of the three levels of government present at a community presentation day early in May.
The core idea for the Park to Pacific concept is overall streetscape improvement to create a greener, more aesthetically pleasing, more functional, safer and more sustainable Clovelly Road. The detail of this may involve vast increase in street tree numbers, regular ‘bulb-out’ parklets in the roadway (both within and between commercial nodes), definitional road surfacing and markers for the commercial nodes, in-lane bus-stops, rainwater gardens, community gardens, bus-stop libraries and vehicle slowing devices, amongst other components.
The steering committee has presented the P2P idea with a conceptual illustration (below) containing some of the above components.
They have also started developing concept plans for some of the components described above and for complete sectors of Clovelly Road, to help stimulate discussions with Randwick Council and the local community. A roadway parklet concept layout which they have developed is below, as is a photographic info sheet on streetscape elements which they are proposing for consideration.
In the upcoming months the P2P team will be having regular community meetings at the Randwick Literary Institute on Clovelly Road and have been designated a community liaison officer by Randwick Council, both to work with the P2P group on Park to Pacific ideas and on the next Better Block demo day (in support of P2P) in October 2014.