A rare opportunity for Collingwood

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.

It's our chance to change this

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.

What we've heard so far

Thanks to everyone who had their say on this opportunity via our survey in late 2020.

Overall findings

You like Cambridge Street because of the trees and plants in it, as a place to rest and as a space to gather. If you had more space there, you would like to lie on the grass in the sun, enjoy nature, escape the urban environment and have more interactions with your neighbours. You’ve encouraged us to think big, be forward thinking and provide bold design solutions that will create quality environments for generations to come.

Many respondents supported the development of more open space in Collingwood given the lack of existing green space and the levels of development occurring there, bringing more residents and workers into the area. The majority of respondents supported taking over roadway and parking to expand Cambridge Street Reserve.

A smaller number of respondents expressed concerns over the loss of parking spaces and the potential for increased congestion in the surrounding road network if Cambridge Street was closed to expand the park.

Read more

You can read a complete summary of feedback by viewing the Cambridge Street Stage 2 consultation report.

Next steps

We will come back to you with a draft Concept Plan that you can comment on in March 2021. There will be further opportunities for you to provide feedback on this plan and shape the final space.