Project update – November 2021

Thanks to everyone who had a say on our draft concept plan for Cambridge Street Reserve. We received over 170 pieces of feedback from a diverse section of the local community.

What we heard
  • You like the proposed lawn area.
  • You were mostly supportive of the proposed road closure to make more room for open space.
  • You had some concerns about potential barbeque smells, so we’ve removed barbeques from the final design.
  • You told us you want to see traditional play equipment in the park, so we’ve included some in the final design.
  • You told us you really like the plaza area, plants and trees and shady and open areas.

We’re also including extra amenities that were popular in the feedback received, including a drinking fountain, dog water bowl, bike facilities, exercise equipment and more lighting.

We also heard requests for basketball courts, skate park, phone charging and public toilets, but these are unable to be delivered within the constraints of the park.

The idea for the public art sculpture evolved from the community feedback and reflects the manufacturing history of the area and a close community. The work is still being developed, but is indicatively shown in the Final Concept Plan.

Read the Stage 3 consultation report.

What’s next?

With a final design, we can now continue with a formal road discontinuance process for this section of Cambridge Street.

You’ll be able to make a submission on the road discontinuance as part of this process. Council will hear these submissions and decide on whether to proceed with the project in early 2022. Everyone who provided an email address during feedback will be notified of this process.

Construction can only begin after these approvals are granted. It’s expected construction will take around four to six months, and subject to weather and other chance factors.

A rare opportunity to create Collingwood's biggest park

Collingwood has the least amount of open space out of all Yarra's suburbs, with just three square metres of open space for every square kilometre of land. This means less places for people to enjoy fresh air and sunlight, and for children to play.

By expanding Cambridge Street Reserve, we will be able to offer you:

  • More space to gather, have picnics, play or just relax.
  • Opportunity to enjoy sunlight during cooler days, and shade on warmer days.
  • More options for play, through open lawn space as well as sculptural play structures.
  • Improved safety and visibility due to more open space.
  • Improved access, including from Peel Street and neighbouring apartments.

Find out more about why it's important to offer Collingwood more open space.

It's our chance offer you more open space

We have an opportunity to create more open space in Collingwood through the Victorian Government's Local Parks Program. They've given us funding to explore improvements at two locations in Yarra:

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

Final design

Take a look at the final design below, or download a detailed version here.

Image of the proposed concept design featuring a road closure, grassy areas, landscaping and paving