Fleming Park open space refurbishment, Brunswick East

Project overview

Fleming Park has been selected for upgrade this year with $200,000 funding allocated from the Council Capital Works program. A further funding allocation of $125,000 to meet costs of soil management and relocation of the playspace.

This funding is available from the 2016/17 capital works budget and follows spending of $100,000 in the previous financial year, which included installation of the new park lighting system. This further funding will be used for implementing the Revised Open Space Upgrade Plan (PDF 262Kb), which supports the Fleming Park Master Plan (PDF 1Mb) endorsed by Council.

Combined with these works we are also able to proceed with providing a new toilet building for Fleming Park. This involves demolition of the old canteen and toilet building in the south-east portion of the reserve and installing in its place the new toilet building.

The Fleming Park Revised Open Space Upgrade Plan  (PDF 262Kb) shows the various proposed changes and improvements and their location in the reserve, with indicative images featured. These proposed changes and improvements include:

  • Demolition of existing toilet and old canteen building and installation of new toilet building with one unisex ambulant and one unisex accessible toilet cubicle
  • Upgrade and relocation of existing playground with new combination play unit and new swings including a basket swing
  • Realignment and widening of shared use/bike path in conjunction with relocation of the playspace adjacent the picnic ande barbecue area
  • Installation of new park shelter in the picnic and barbecue area
  • Provision of new furniture including rest seats, new picnic settings with table and benches to replace existing picnic furniture and wheelchair accessible drinking fountain with dog dish
  • Tree planting for provision of shade in and around the new playspace and picnic or barbecue area.

Most of the key elements described above are illustrated in the Revised Open Space Upgrade Plan  (PDF 262Kb). All proposed improvements are subject to budget funding.

Consultation

Following consultation with the local community since December 2016, we have responded to the feedback received by revising the concept plan for this project; see Revised Open Space Upgrade Plan  (PDF 262Kb).

Out of all the feedback there was a consistent message from respondents in relation to the location of the shared use path, which indicated to us that we needed to focus on dealing with the separation of existing playspace from the barbecue or picnic area as a priority.

We recognise that potential conflict between cyclists on this path and particularly children and carers having to cross the path between playspace and picnic area – as well as the public toilets – is of great concern and installation of fencing around the existing playspace is not the preferred solution.

With additional funding now made available for this project we are able to create a wider shared use path, which is re-aligned so that all of the playspace, picnic area and new public toilet are located on the same side of the path to reduce potential conflict between park users and cyclists and avoid use of any fencing around the play area.

As well as provision of some additional new play equipment it is planned to install a new picnic shelter in place of the existing canteen verandah, which is being demolished along with the old toilet building. These new facilities and park upgrading are now the main priority for this refurbishment project so that the playspace fencing and outdoor fitness equipment put forward previously are not included.

Timeline

  • Community information and feedback sessions in the park on 21 and 22 December 2016
  • Submit feedback to Council by 12 January 2017
  • Community information on revised Concept Plan in April 2017
  • Construction planned to commence early May 2017

Both projects are due for completion by end of June 2017

Further information

If you would like to receive more information on this project or provide feedback on proposals, email Open Space or phone 8311 4391 to speak with Andrew Blight, Landscape Architect, Open Space Design and Development Unit.

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