Last Summer, Maitland City Council’s ‘Maitlanes’ initiative temporarily transformed seven local laneways into vibrant and unique play spaces defined by splashes of colour and creativity.
Funded by the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program. ‘Maitlanes’ aims to:
- Provide more and better green open spaces that improve walkability and connection, enable day and night activity, and increase footfall
- Drive collaboration and partnerships between local government and other sectors
- Trial temporary interventions and pop up activations, with a view to introduce more permanent changes in the future.
Each laneway boasted its own distinctive visual aesthetic, with the laneways encompassing everything from murals, overhead lighting, soundscapes, augmented reality experiences, additional seating to support outdoor dining, shade and greenery, with some spaces still having legacy items for longer term benefit to the city centre.
To highlight these new spaces, three months of activations were programmed every Thursday to Sunday to encourage new community use of the laneways.