A rare opportunity to create a new park in Collingwood
We’ve got an opportunity to create a brand new park on Otter Street, Collingwood for everyone to enjoy.
Did you know 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? We're changing this!
The Victorian Government's Local Parks Program has provided us with funding to create two new parks:
- this project on Otter Street, near the corner of Smith Street
- an expansion of Cambridge Street Reserve.
Our plans for Otter Street
In 2020 we asked for your ideas for Otter Street. Your feedback has informed a concept design that includes:
- more space to gather and relax
- places to enjoy the sun on cooler days, and shade on warmer days
- trees and grassy areas
- a bold, geometric artwork by acclaimed Australian artist and Kamilaroi man Reko Rennie.
We then shared a draft design for further feedback in 2021. You told us:
- There was overwhelming support for the proposed road closure to make more room for open space.
- You like the proposed lawn area and wanted to see it expanded.
- You had some concerns about litter and ongoing maintenance.
- You wanted less hard paving.
- You wanted more planting.
The main changes from the draft concept plan to the final concept plan are:
- Expansion of the park across the Right of Way on the northern side of Otter Street to create more lawn and reduce the amount of paving.
- A reduction of the number of terraces from four to three to provide larger, more useable lawn areas and eliminate one of the north/south paths, further reducing the amount of paving.
- Tree planting to be medium evergreen species
In addition to the new park, traffic improvement works will be undertaken at the intersection Otter and Bedford Streets to create a more pedestrian friendly environment. Adjustments to the intersection of Otter and Wellington Streets will also be made to improve access into and out of Otter Street for buses.
With a final concept design, we can now continue with a formal road discontinuance process for this section of Otter Street.
You’ll be able to make a submission on the road discontinuance as part of this process. Yarra Council will hear these submissions and decide on whether to proceed with the project in mid-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, subject to weather and other chance factors.