A rare opportunity for Collingwood

With just three square meters of open space for every square kilometre of land, Collingwood has among the lowest levels of open space in Yarra. This means less places for people to enjoy the fresh air and sunlight, and for children to play.

In 2019, the Victorian Government announced its Local Parks Program, designed to help create free up more open space in Melbourne's dense suburbs. Funding for 25 new parks was announced in May 2020 – including two locations in Collingwood – providing a rare opportunity to improve Yarra's livability.

These locations are:

  • an extension of Cambridge Reserve
  • a new park in Otter Street, near the Smith Street intersection.

Expanding Cambridge Street Reserve

To expand the reserve, some changes to the road space are needed. This would include changes to traffic conditions, road closure near the Peel Street intersection, and a reallocation of parking spaces are needed.

We’ll be talking to you about any concerns, and opportunities to reduce their impacts.

Any changes are subject to an approvals process, and preliminary data gathering, which is underway. This is expected to take a little longer due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and related changes to traffic conditions.

It’s your neighbourhood – get involved!

Let us know your details via the quick form below to receive regular updates throughout the project.

In the coming weeks – before any design thinking begins – we’ll invite you to share your ideas here about benefits and opportunities; how you would like to use this new space used and any challenges we might need to consider.

As physical distancing restrictions are eased, we’ll provide ways for you to have your say in person.

You will be able to have your say on both parks. Find out more about the Otter Street project.

What would you like to see in your park?

With Collingwood changing from an industrial hub to the mix of residences and businesses of today, we’ve found innovative ways to create some new, award-winning community parks.

Take a look around and have a think – what would you like to see in a park near you?

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