A new park for 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:

Project update

A big thanks to everyone who had their say on the draft design for a new park on Otter Street. You said you want to see us:

  • maximise the amount of grassed area where possible
  • more tree planting, particularly at the western boundary next to Smith Street (ensuring solar access is taken into consideration)
  • address the community’s interest for native plantings
  • provide enough seating with backs and arm rests
  • make sure the materials used are robust and easily maintained
  • provide enough bins and service them regularly
  • ensure traffic impacts associated with park are monitored and address any issues that arise.
Next steps

We will share a final design with you soon.

We're exploring the best way to maximise the lawn area and are considering a number of options. However, we are working with your feedback to ensure that the final design balances and reflects the community’s aspirations for the park.

Our plans for Otter Street

Last year we asked for your ideas for Otter Street. Your feedback has informed a design that includes:

  • more space to gather and relax
  • places to enjoy the sun on cooler days, and shade on warmer days
  • more trees and grassy areas
  • a bold, geometric artwork by acclaimed Australian artist and Kamilaroi man Reko Rennie.

Take a look at the design and tell us what you think by scrolling down.

You can also view a detailed version of the design.

Traffic and parking

Delivering this exciting new park will involve closing a section of Otter Street at Smith Street. It will also involve the removal of six parking bays on Otter Street, but four new bays will be gained on Smith Street. Overall there will be a net loss of two bays.

About the artwork

Reko Rennie's artwork will be incorporated into the park's landscape design to remind everyone about the area’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity. The text ‘always was, always will be’ recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this land for over 65,000 years. You can see the proposed artwork in the concept design.

The concept design