Project update - June 2024

This consultation is closed.

At the Council Meeting on Tuesday 14 May, Council resolved to install additional play equipment at Cambridge Street Reserve following community consultation in February 2024.

After hearing from more than 500 members of the community, Council resolved to support the slide variation of Council Resolution 1.c.ii which would involve:

  • two trees are removed from the Reserve
  • the existing balance beam is relocated within the Reserve
  • new accessible surface is installed to access the basket swing
  • installation of a slide in the grassed area of the Reserve (and subsequent reduction in the grassed area of approximately 7%) and investigate the inclusion of a ladder accessing the slide enabling easier access for younger children
  • installation of a new four way rocker
  • installation of a new mini trampoline
  • installation of logs/stepper through the garden
  • installation of new playful line marking including the possibility of reconstructing existing permeable granitic gravel to a hard non permeable surface to further extend option for playful line marking across the site

Council also resolved to:

  • Investigate a suitable location to include a 4 square line marking space that meets safety standards and is not located adjacent to or within accessible pathways, steps, and roadways.
  • Increase the intensity and range of the colour components of the new playground equipment to create a colourful play park environment.

Learn more about the project

Yarra City Council is dedicated to creating more beautiful and accessible open spaces across our city.

This is especially important for Collingwood that has the least open space of all Yarra's suburbs. With only 0.3% of the space being green, open space there are less places for people to enjoy fresh air and sunlight, and for children to play.

With this in mind, we set to work creating Collingwood's biggest park by expanding Cambridge Street Reserve in 2023. When we originally consulted with the community on the expansion of the reserve, the majority wanted more open space for people to gather, relax and connect with nature.

After the park opened in October 2023, we received feedback from community members that were interested in seeing more traditional play opportunities for young children reintroduced to the park.

At the Council Meeting on 13 February, Council resolved to consult with community on options for additional play equipment and other play elements. This consultation ran from Wednesday 21 February to 9am on Monday 25 March.

The feedback from the consultation will help inform recommendations back to Council for a final decision.

What is Council considering?