A rare opportunity for Collingwood

With just three square meters of open space for every square kilometre of land, Collingwood has amongst 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:

  • a new park in Otter Street, near the Smith Street intersection.
  • an extension of Cambridge Reserve (find out more).

Creating the park

To create a pocket park in Otter Street, changes to a section of road space, near Smith Street, are required. It would involve road closure, changes to traffic direction and reallocating parking spaces. 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 Cambridge 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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