Pop-Up park installation underway in Hargreaves Mall
Work has started to install a vibrant and colourful Pop-Up Park designed to re-energise the central section of Hargreaves Mall and entice people to visit more and stay a little longer.
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the new installation in Hargreaves Mall was one of the key actions in the Transforming the City Centre Action Plan which was developed in close partnership with the City’s Retail Stakeholder Group and the community.
“As a result of the close consultation with retailers and the community, innovative and creative ways were regarded as highly effective methods to attract more people, more often to the city centre, and to give them a reason to stay longer. Using the public space well is a vital ingredient for any successful city,” Cr O’Rourke said.
The Pop-Up Park, which was designed by local landscape architects, Spiire, is a play on Bendigo being known as a City in the Forest, with the Pop-Up Park turning it on its head and being a Forest in the City.
It will feature an area of artificial turf which includes mounds to mimic hills, garden beds with flowering plants, colourful pots and advanced trees to soften the space and add shade.
The park will also have moveable furniture including chairs, tables and umbrellas to entice people to spend more time in Hargreaves Mall. It remain in the Mall for two years.
The four glass panels on the mall structures are also set for a makeover with new artwork that draws its inspiration from three locally grown indigenous plants - the Bendigo Waxflower, Grevillea alpina and the Whirrakee Wattle. The panel artwork has been created by local graphic design company Good One Design.
“It is bold and unique which will add a lot of fun, vibrancy and colour in the central area of the mall.” Cr O’Rourke said.
Deputy Mayor Cr Rod Fyffe will officially unveil the Pop-Up Park at the Moonlight Market in Hargreaves Mall on Saturday December 15, 2018 at approximately 5.45pm.