Why was this location chosen?

    Council’s Open Space Strategy 2009 identified an open space gap in the area between Pascoe Vale Road and Mt Alexander Road in Flemington and Ascot Vale. The land at 177a Mt Alexander Road was acquired to increase open space provision for the community in this area.

    What is the project budget?

    The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has funded $700,000 for design and construction of the new park.

    What is site remediation and why is it needed here?

    The site was previously a petrol station and this has caused contamination of the site ground and water. Council will be remediating the site to make it safe for use as a park prior to the park being constructed.

    What is passive irrigation?

    Passive irrigation is where stormwater flows are captured or diverted to water grass, trees or garden beds using gravity or surfaces that absorb water. One example is to make a break in a gutter to allow water to flow into a tree pit. As well as improving the health of plants this improves the quality of waterways like the Moonee Ponds Creek by slowing down flows and reducing pollutants going into the creek. During the detailed design for the park it will be determined whether passive irrigation is feasible and can be included.

    Can the park include a toilet?

    The design does not include a public toilet and it is not considered appropriate for this small site. Note that a publicly accessible toilet is planned for the new community hub at Debney’s Park which is within 700m of the new park.

    Can the park include a playground?

    The site is not suitable for a playground due to its proximity to Mt Alexander Road. A playground on such a busy road would need to be fenced and we want to make this park a space with an open feel for all users.

    Can the park include a community garden?

    A produce garden is not supported in this location due to the high level of pollution from traffic fumes. Existing community gardens in this vicinity are at Debneys Park and Essendon Community Gardens along Moonee Ponds Creek.

    Can the park include soccer goals, basketball hoop or exercise stations?

    The draft design does not include elements such as soccer goals, basketball hoop or an exercise station because they are not considered suitable for this space. The park is very small and we want to focus its use as a relaxing, hang out space, open to the street with maximum green surfaces. To include ball activities on this busy road would require us to include fencing. There are other, larger parks nearby that offer a range of active leisure elements.