A one-kilometre stretch of Cleveland Street between Moore Park and Prince Alfred Park will be transformed into a green, hedge-lined boulevard.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Council had given the green light for more garden beds and kerbside hedges.
“Cleveland Street has been an unwelcoming place for people, with pollution and congestion,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Since we planted hedges along Cleveland between Baptist and Marriott streets last year, the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Just five months later and those new plants have already formed a thick, attractive flowering hedge. Now it’s time to extend the green corridor along the whole stretch from Moore Park to Prince Alfred Park.
“As the plants and trees grow, we hope more people will come to visit the great restaurants, cafés, shops and small businesses Cleveland Street has to offer.”
The extended hedging work, scheduled to begin in April, is part of a broader improvement program for Crown, Cleveland and Baptist Streets, designed to create a more pedestrian-friendly, accessible area.
Brad Cox from Bar Cleveland said everyone loves the green as it encourages people to enjoy the outdoors.
“It’s so much nicer to have the gardens breaking up the concrete and obviously our guests really appreciate being able to sit outside enjoying the scenery,” Mr Cox said.
People who work in Cleveland Street are also enjoying the garden beds
“We couldn’t believe it when the garden appeared outside. It is much appreciated and makes coming to work much nicer,” Marianne Ritter of Blue Phoenix Screenprinting said.
The planned improvements include:
- New pavement extensions and comprehensive footpath upgrade along Crown Street;
- Improvements to public transport access;
- More outdoor dining opportunities;
- Wider footpaths at the intersection of Crown, Cleveland and Baptist Streets, underground power lines and Smartpole lighting;
- Rain gardens to capture storm water on Baptist Street; and
- New lights to brighten the area’s laneways.
Work in Cleveland Street will start in March and be finished before the end of the year.
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