The first phase of the engagement program included a youth event with a pop-up skate park, roller skating, music, barbeque and engagement workshop. The pop up placemaking activities on offer attracted families, teenagers and younger persons, which was used to interactively ask questions about current placemaking gaps for youth and opportunities for future needs to be prioritized by the local government and the community group. In total, we had more than 150 youth participants, which led to 589 targeted comments generated as part of the workshop.
The business workshop used a similar strategy and was setup in a vacant ‘pop-up’ retail shop. We facilitated a workshop gallery opening with food and wine and asked residents about different themes relating to their town centre, residential community and local businesses. In total, we had more than 50 participants, which generated 229 comments with a wide range of demographics including (but not limited to) young professionals, parents, etc in attendance.
Due to the overwhelming community participation of the project and detailed reporting, the community has a clear future direction of the youth and community planning required, including short, medium and long-term goals.
Different themes were presented including active, passive and a favourite ideas board for participants to paint the activities they desired most. To ensure the engagement was a fun and interactive process, youth voted on their favourite ideas by choosing a coloured paint associated with their favourite ideas and creating an open hand stamp on the wall.
Blown away by the huge local turn out of kids for the Mt Hawthorn Hub’s pop up skate shop & youth workshop, proudly funded by City of Vincent. From the workshop it’s pretty clear: kids want a fun skate space or ramps right in Mt Hawthorn!