Urban Commons: making parklets playful again

Download the Brunswick program.

Parklets have rapidly become part of urban landscapes everywhere during the pandemic. While rapid changes to planning policy that enable more space for people in our cities are a positive development, most parklets are not public spaces in which everyone is welcome. Can parklets be reclaimed as a form of tactical urbanism? How do we make parklets playful again?

Check out the program of urban play or create your own event in the parklet in Saxon Street (between Dawson Street and Siteworks).

Developed in collaboration with City of Moreland, Siteworks and the Brunswick Design District.

Parklet Events Program

Check out our program for special events within the playful parklet.

The parklet is located on Llaneast St just off Glenferrie Road outside Crate Expectations and it is free for the public to work, rest or play within.

Café Games
Saturday February 19
2.30-4.30pm

Drop in and learn to play a new board game!

Yomeciband
Friday February 25
2.30-4.30pm

Singing creatures take over the footpath in Llaneast St!

Café Games
Saturday February 26
12.00-2.00pm

Drop in and learn to play a new board game!

Board games with Justin
Friday March 4
2.30-4.30pm

Drop in and learn to play a new board game!

Play the Commons
Friday March 11
12.00-2.00pm

A beginner’s course in parkour!

Communitas
Friday March 11
2.30-4.30pm

Play three musicians – drums, trombone, vocals – in a music game!

Café Games
Saturday March 12
12.00-2.00pm

New board games in play!

Play the Commons
Saturday March 12
2.30-4.30pm

A beginner’s course in parkour!

A collection of board games has been left in the parklet for you to enjoy anytime. BYO coffee or drink of choice – or bring your lunch!

Our 2021 program is launching at Melbourne International Games Week.

Join Melbourne’s urban play community to experience installation and events connecting music, games and fashion with public space. Playable City Melbourne is an arts festival distributed over space and time responding to ways our cities are changing in response to the pandemic. Play musical plants in a parklet, join street games with physical distancing, or experience a 3-hour show in the privacy of your own phone. The everchanging program responds to our current collective mood: hopeful, exhausted, lost, found, vulnerable, resilient, or all of the above. Working with the Watershed Pervasive Media Studio and featuring work from Chad Toprak, Helen Kwok, Playable Streets, 64 Ways of Being and many others, urban play will hit the streets post-lockdown.
A parklet with playful figures.