Media Releases 2012

Butler Street park to serve up new community space

19 September 2012

Butler Street photoA new park is set to be constructed on a small piece of vacant land in North West Richmond.

Last night, Council endorsed a concept design for the 516m2 lot, meaning the fences will come down and the space will be beautified and opened up to the community early next year.

Yarra Mayor Cr Geoff Barbour said the North West Richmond area needed more open space and he hoped the park would be quickly adopted by local residents as a friendly meeting place.

“The endorsed concept design features two long polished concrete tables near the intersection of Lennox and Butler streets,” Cr Barbour said.

“We think these tables and the laser cut steel parasols that will sit above them will provide an excellent place for people to gather during the day, perhaps for lunch on a sunny day” he said.

“When we spoke to residents about plans for the park, several residents expressed concern that the park could attract anti-social behaviour.

“We have designed the park to deter this. For example, new lighting will be installed to improve perceptions of safety at night and all sections of the park will be visible from the street.

“This space will have with facilities that encourage day time use but with enough visibility, exposure and lighting to deter late night gatherings.”

Planter boxes, garden beds, an open lawn area, new trees along the western boundary of the park and a drainage system that will feed into a raingarden on Butler Street are among the other features of the park.

Several trees on the site’s southern boundary have been identified as structurally unsound and will be removed as the park is created.

Council expects to spend $400,000 creating the park, with the funding coming from contributions made by developers towards the creation of open space.

Council is expected to tender for construction of the park later this year, with a view to starting the works in early 2013.

More information about this project can be found here on Council’s website.

Further information
Toby Walker
Senior Communications Officer
9205 5120


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