New park planned on Richmond hill
A section of road at the intersection of Docker Street and Richmond Terrace will be permanently closed to create a new park in 2013.
The road closure will only affect vehicle traffic, with cyclists and pedestrians continuing to have through access.
Owners of adjacent properties will continue to be able to drive to and from their properties.
The 600m2 space will include two lawn terraces, seating, garden beds, trees, bicycle racks and a drinking fountain.
There will be a paved ‘shared zone’ for vehicle, cyclist and pedestrian access, with the stained glass windows of nearby historic buildings providing inspiration for the paving pattern.
Council is expected to spend about $670,000 constructing the park.
Twelve on-street car parking spaces will be provided in close proximity to the road closure to compensate for the car parking spaces that will be removed as a result of the closure.
Council endorsed the final concept plan for the new Richmond Park in March 2012 following community consultation.
However, the design required a permanent road closure at the top of Richmond Terrace.
The road closure was subject to a separate consultation process as required under the Local Government Act 1989.
Further submissions on the proposed closure were heard at a Council meeting on 5 December.
A majority of submitters (75%) favoured the road closure.
At its meeting on 18 December 2012, Council resolved to support the closure and construct the park.
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