Leederville Village Square now open

Published: Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 3:13:53 PM

The Leederville Village Square is complete and the road has been reopened. The City and Leederville Connect will launch the new space with an official opening event later this month.

“The City of Vincent created the Leederville Village Square in partnership with Leederville Connect, the local town team made up of Leederville community members and local business owners. It was an idea brought to us by Leederville Connect and it is a great feeling to be able to deliver on that vision,” said Mayor Emma Cole.

“The vision for the area was a pedestrian friendly space for cars, cyclists and people to share, that can easily be closed and turned into a space for community events,” she said.

Construction of the space started on Monday 18 March. Red brick paving raised the street to footpath level, two new trees were added for extra shade, power was connected and retractable bollards placed in the road for community events and festivals.

The total cost for the project was $275,000 with works undertaken by the City of Vincent. The square was one of the public open space projects announced in last year’s City budget.

“I think the final result and look of Leederville Village Square is fantastic. The red brick paving responds so well to the beautiful old buildings in this space, the trees provide a really nice canopy and the level surface creates a seamless transition between the surrounding businesses. It enhances the unique character and atmosphere of this part of Leederville,” said Mayor Cole.

“This stretch of Newcastle Street between Carr and Oxford Streets is a great location for community street parties and events, such as the recent Leedypalooza and Leedy Streets Open events. It presents many new opportunities to explore, and Leederville Connect have great ideas for activating the Village Square.”

On Friday 31 May, the City and Leederville Connect will launch the space with an official opening event, with details to be announced in the coming weeks. The City hopes it will be the first of many events in the new public space.

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