In stark contrast to images of desolate streets and boarded-up cafes you may have already had the chance to view in Manningham Art Gallery’s innovative photographic exhibition, “Empty Streets and Stacked Chairs” (an editorial we featured in Hudson Bond’s Property & Lifestyle segment last week), Jackson Court’s temporary Pop-Up Park in Doncaster East, aims to extinguish any feelings of isolation borne by locals for the better part of last year.
A rainbow of alfresco furniture and turf grass, wooden crates and fairy lights, the Jackson Court Pop-Up Park is a welcome addition to the already vibrant Jackson Court community and is certainly where you’ll want to spend what’s left of the balmy summer night.
With restrictions easing towards the end of 2020, Manningham Council commenced a trial of a series of temporary “pop-up” dining spaces in Manningham’s local shopping centres, one of these being the Jackson Court Pop-Up Park. The pop-up spaces are designed to provide a COVID-safe place for the community to connect and offer a convenient way for locals to linger longer at their favourite shops and, of course, support local businesses.
The Jackson Court Pop-Up Park in fact goes that little but further, being funded jointly by the Manningham Council and the Victorian Government (which invested an amount of $100,000, also matched by Council) to create a welcoming, friendly neighbourhood centre.
The Pop-Up Park aims to revitalise the neighbourhood centre and improve community connections, while at its heart, enabling local businesses to continue thriving with those that love to frequent them. The funding includes activation of the space with performers, local arts activities, events, live music and food installations – the cornerstones of lasting community engagement.
One such event is the “Magnificent Flutter”, where locals can join immersive experience makers Skunk Control for one of 6 sessions in which specialised optical filters will be used to build a unique butterfly to adorn the Jackson Court Pop-Up Park.
The butterfly created will be installed across the park with dozens of others to create a kaleidoscope of colour that will dance across the park as the butterflies gently flutter their wings throughout the day. What better way to contribute to a community art installation while learning about the fascinating world of butterflies and the science of optics. To register for this event click here.
The Jackson Court Pop-Up Park will continue to be trialled in the coming months to assist in Manningham Council’s COVID-19 response by providing an attractive outdoor public space in the Jackson Court neighbourhood precinct. Manningham Council welcomes feedback and ideas on how they can improve the space. Of course, you can contribute by having your say here.