Metro Tunnel gives outdoor dining a pop-up push

The Metro Tunnel Project has joined the push to help rejuvenate Melbourne’s dining scene as it bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic.

The project’s creative program has extended the pop-up park on Domain Rd, South Yarra, so even more people can dine outside while following social distancing guidelines.

The park has converted another three park- ing spaces into attractive outdoor dining areas so nearby restaurants can extend their service – making it easier to seat more patrons under COVID-19 restrictions. These extend the five spaces that existed previously.

Last year, the Metro Tunnel Project worked with businesses and the City of Melbourne to install seating and planter boxes, allowing restaurants to increase their outdoor dining space.

Planting in the pop-up park was designed under guidance of the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens.

Specific species were determined by current and past varieties within the gardens, with planting to be reflective of the current leafy aesthetic of the area.

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program is also delivering a pop-up park at Albert Road Reserve to enhance seating and planting for people to enjoy. It will feature timber decking with plenty of seating and planting.

Construction has begun and the park will open to the public soon.

The parks are among several activities delivered by the creative program to help keep Melbourne vibrant during the construction of the tunnels and stations.

The pop-up park will allow people to enjoy this beautiful part of Melbourne and its popular restaurants while enjoying pleasant surrounds during summer.

The Domain pop-up park ties in with the City of Melbourne’s push to help restore Melbourne’s world-class dining scene.

The council has transformed footpaths and car parking spaces to allow extended outdoor dining.

Outdoor dining “parklets” featuring bollards, planters and barriers are being installed in locations across the city, including car parking spaces along Flinders Lane, Bourke St and in Carlton.

Under this initiative, the City of Melbourne has issued 1300 permits for outdoor dining.

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