Gilmour Park project, Coburg

Gilmour Park upgrade

Project complete - Gilmour Park is open!

Gilmour Park, located on the corner of Barrow and Campbell Street in Coburg, has been upgraded with funding from Council's capital work program.

Gilmour Park upgrade celebration

A celebration of the upgrade of a much loved park, where the local community come to relax and play was held on 7 March 2017.

The upgrade included refurbishment of the existing play equipment, many new play elements, a nature play trail, new drink fountain, picnic furniture, fencing, native plantings and deciduous shade trees. 

Community consultation

In August 2016, a Gilmour Park Upgrade concept plan (PDF 2Mb) was developed and sent to residents within 400m of the park.

Local residents were invited to informal consultation sessions at Gilmour Park to discuss the draft concept plans. Over 60 people attended the sessions and 51 submissions were received (via email or completion of survey).

Revised concept plan

revised concept plan (PDF 5Mb) for the upgrade of Gilmour Park was developed in response to commonly shared requests and thoughts gathered during consultation with the local community.

The revised concept focuses on refurbishment of the existing play equipment, plus a new stand alone spinning cantilever basket swing. The existing equipment will be refurbished, and a number of additional play elements will bring new life to this much loved equipment. The refurbishment plans (PDF 2Mb) have been developed by a local playground supplier in consultation with Council design and maintenance officers. Refurbishment of the existing equipment is a sustainable outcome, and allows more budget for additional equipment.

Sections of the existing timber seat edge will be refurbished, to retain the divide between the open grass and playspace. The existing picnic tables will remain, plus an additional table with three benches, a 1.8m square platform seat and four new park seats will replace the existing two. The existing concrete footpaths will remain and all three entries will be gated.

A new timber post and steel panel fence will freshen the parks presentation and if budget allows the black chain mesh fence on the lane way to the north will be relocated to the other side of the trees, to maximise the open grass area.

Although the basket ball 1/2 court received general support from the local community, unfortunately it has been removed from the scope due to the proximity to neighbours and concerns regarding noise and late night use. Similarly, the barbecue has not been included due to a mixed response from local residents, mainly expressing the desire to retain the local park status rather than attract more users. The herb boxes have not been included due to maintenance concerns.

Budget

The total budget for the park upgrade was $125,000 and was managed by Council's Open Space Design and Development Unit.

Timeline

  • August 2016 - consultation and revision of draft concept
  • September 2016 - continued consultation, detail design and procurement
  • Late October / November 2016 - construction
  • December 2016 - completion