Campbelltown’s much maligned main street is about to get a makeover – albeit a temporary one.
The Queen Street streetscape will be transformed into a space for people to sit, relax and play during a six month trial as part of stage two of the On Q program.
Council says that in community consultations held since February, more than 250 people have provided feedback about the concept of borrowing parking spaces to facilitate more places for greenery, outdoor dining and play, with the majority expressing overwhelming support for the idea.
It means that from next Monday (May 3) angle parking spaces between Cordeaux Road and Dumaresq Street on the eastern side of Queen Street will be temporarily adjusted to become parallel parking spaces, creating room for parklets to be installed on the western side of the street in the coming weeks.
These small parks will include shaded seating areas, greenery and a play space to be trialled.
The installation will start to bring to life some aspects of the community’s vision for the city centre precinct.
While the parking realignment will reduce the number of spaces from 64 to 35, no disabled parking will be removed and only one loading zone will be temporarily affected.
Changes have been made to adjust some of the time restrictions on the 1,630 free parking spaces available within 100 metres of Queen Street.
“We want Queen Street to be a vibrant city centre and destination for families and friends,” says Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic.
“We’ve heard from people at our consultation sessions that they want a main street where they can meet and enjoy events and activities like our recent Kids on Q school holiday programs and Valentine’s On Q and our upcoming, Beats and Eats festivities,” Cr Brticevic said.
“These changes will allow us to test and trial ideas to see what our community enjoys and what they don’t,” he said.
The parking project is part of the On Q activation program to test and trial different ideas and programs to enhance the Queen Street precinct.
Leave feedback and ideas at overtoyou.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/on-q