15 January 2020

Media release

Following on the success of the first parklet event held late last year, Stockland is pleased to announce that it will be hosting another two activations set to run over the next two weeks on Thursday 16 January and Thursday 23 January.

Stockland, with support from co-owners the AMP Capital Shopping Centre Fund and key local organisations and departments including Queensland Police Service, will host the parklet which will encourage urban renewal and activate a vacant space in Aitkenvale.

Made popular in San Francisco, parklets are designed as a public place for passersby to relax and enjoy the atmosphere and amenities at hand.

From 5pm to 9pm at the former Westpac Building on Elizabeth Street, the pop-up parklet will come alive with free fun and entertainment for all ages, including basketball competitions and outdoor games, participative community aerosol mural art wall, complimentary frozen yoghurt, slushies and popcorn, didgeridoo performance and workshops, information stalls and more.

Urban Fun Object will also be at the parklet to provide locals with a relaxing gaming area in addition to a live DJ who will be taking song requests and offer some karaoke sessions. Headspace will keep the fun rolling with activities such as yard games and a laid back bean bag lounge.

Regional Retail Manager Craig Piper said that Stockland has been working with several local organisations since June 2019 and is looking forward to bringing back the parklet which was so well received last year.

“We want to make sure Stockland Townsville is a place that everyone can go to socialise, connect and feel like they belong, and this is just one of the many ways we’re facilitating experiences for our customers.

“We’re also giving locals creative license to revamp the former Westpac Building by contributing to a community blackboard and aerosol street art during the event, with local professional street artist Shane Keen guiding the art installation.”

Stockland and AMP Capital will look to organise other parklet events in 2020 and may expand the concept to include night markets, open mic nights, live music and more.

“We are the leading retail town centre in the city,” Mr Piper continued. “This is a place where people of all kinds come to shop and socialise. We want to offer even more spaces to spend time with friends and family in a safe, fun and relaxing environment.”