Spring Fling at new Acland Street Plaza

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By the City of Port Phillip

Live bands, roving entertainment and a masked ball are all part of the exciting and free community event the Acland Street Spring Fling on Saturday 12 November, to celebrate spring in the new Acland Street Plaza.

The Spring Fling’s exciting day-night program is an ideal opportunity for St Kilda residents to embrace the new plaza and reinvigorated streetscape, enhancing the strip’s reputation as a place to eat, shop, relax and enjoy events.

The line-up boasts more than 16 activities with something for all ages and tastes. Adult revellers can get their fix with disco yoga, five live bands and the 6 pm to 9 pm finale of an open-air masked ball (grab a free mask at the event or bring your own) in the 500 square-metre plaza.

Young funsters will be spoilt at the pop-up playground off Shakespeare Grove, with several performances and interactive workshops, readings and face painting all day from 10 am to 6 pm. For the full program, go to Acland Street Spring Fling.

The free event is expected to create a real buzz. After extensive community consultation, a winter construction transformed the iconic strip – now pedestrianised from Belford Street to Barkly Street – into an even more appealing and accessible place.

The City of Port Phillip and the Acland Street Village Business Association are excited to welcome everyone to an improved Acland Street by staging the Spring Fling at the new public plaza.

Council is inviting the community to build a calendar of events over the next 12 months to showcase the plaza as a vibrant place. Applications open 1 November for the Vibrant Acland Seed Grants program, offering artists and others the chance to add their flair to the village.

Acland Street Village Business Association coordinator Geoff Coward said the new plaza and pedestrianised section of the street which now includes wider footpaths, patterned street paving and new shelter areas, creates a wonderful open space for all to enjoy.

“The works look amazing, so we can expect huge crowds to attend our Spring Fling party to showcase our diverse restaurants, cafes and unique retail offerings that now make this precinct even more special,” Mr Coward said.

The new streetscape has been delivered as part of Public Transport Victoria’s (PTV) Acland Street Upgrade project in partnership with the City of Port Phillip and Yarra Trams. The accessible dual track tram terminus for the Route 96 service, one of Melbourne’s busiest, has been operating since September.

The new transport terminus provides a more efficient and accessible service to the 345,000 weekly passengers on Route 96, meaning more people with accessibility requirements, prams or shopping can easily get to and from Acland Street via public transport.

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