Tuesday, May 28, 2024

New look for historic Melbourne park

Melbourne’s historic Fawkner Park has been given a facelift, thanks to a $1.5 million upgrade by City of Melbourne Council.    

Work officially wrapped up over the weekend, with improvements made to Fawkner Park’s Pasley Street North entrance, along with a new multi-purpose sports court and playground, upgraded landscaping and lighting works.  

“Fawkner Park is amongst the oldest parks in Melbourne, remaining largely unchanged from its original design in 1875,” said Melbourne Acting Lord Mayor, Nicholas Reece.

“We’re incredibly excited that our Fawkner Park upgrade is complete and ready for the public to enjoy.”   

He said the project will improve access and safety for the local community, including the large number of South Yarra Primary School students, teachers and parents who use the Pasley Street North entrance.    

The new multi-purpose sports court is a significant upgrade from the previous basketball court facilities, and is designed for both basketball and netball, as well as a range of other informal play and recreation activities.    

New pathways have also been installed to improve pedestrian and cyclist movement through the area.  

“As South Yarra continues to grow, it’s important we continue to provide new facilities which meet the needs of the local community,” said A/Mayor Reece.   

Council also planted 21 new trees and improved soil conditions as part of the project, increasing the park’s biodiversity while retaining all existing mature trees.    

Storm water drainage works will also reduce the impact of rain and flood events and resolve long-standing drainage issues, Cr Reece said.

“I’d like to thank residents for their patience while construction took place, allowing us to deliver a high-quality upgrade.”

“With these works complete there has never been a better time for Melburnians to get out and enjoy one of the city’s most beautiful parks, do yourself a favour,” he said.

The $1.5 million project was delivered as part of Council’s Fawkner Park Masterplan. 

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