Abbotsford to receive new ‘pocket park’
8 September 2016
Council will proceed with plans to create a new ‘pocket park’ in Mollison Street (at the corner of Charles Street) in Abbotsford.
Council endorsed the final concept plan at this week’s Ordinary Council Meeting. Work will now commence on a detailed design and Council will soon commence the statutory process to permanently close part of Mollison Street, west of Charles Street.
Many local residents expressed support for a new park during three rounds of consultation (which included community workshops, online feedback and a trial park at the site). Community members also provided Council with a range of valuable suggestions which led to improvements to the layout and key features of the park.
Since 2009 Council has created five ‘pocket parks’ to boost the social and environmental health of neighbourhoods with limited access to open space. These valuable green spaces in the heart of the busy inner-city enhance health and wellbeing, collect stormwater, improve biodiversity, create shade and alleviate the urban heat island effect.
Council’s program of converting roads and other disused spaces to parks has been recognised with awards from Parks and Leisure Australia (National Award for Open Space Planning), the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (Victorian Award of Excellence, Planning Category), and Keep Victoria Beautiful (Community Action and Leadership Award).
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