Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve Project Update: Park Expansion Works Now Commenced

March 4, 2016

The City of Melbourne is increasing open space provision in Kensington by creating an accessible new park in front of the Kensington Railway Station at the intersection of Eastwood Street and Rankins Road.

The park project works to expand Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve have now commenced. The new park space will include an expanded lawn area, garden beds, park furniture and paths. Additional and more diverse tree species are proposed to improve biodiversity, provide shade in summer and local area cooling.

The park creation works are the result of extended community consultation and a public notice process in 2014 to discontinue portions of Eastwood Street and Rankins Road in order to create more open space in Kensington. Council resolved to discontinue the portions of road involved in expanding the park at its meeting on 25 November 2014.

Changes to traffic conditions as a result of the park creation

The creation of the new park will mean that traffic and road conditions will change around the reserve. The southern end of Rankins Road will become a two-way street and the southern portion of Eastwood Street will be permanently closed. A right-turn ban will be introduced at Macaulay Road at this time and parking changes will also be undertaken as identified in the landscape plan.

Construction works are expected to be completed by August 2016.

We appreciate your ongoing interest in the park expansion project for Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve.

If you would like further information on Eastwood and Rankins Road Reserve park expansion project works, please do not hesitate to contact the City of Melbourne on 9658 9658 or email urbanlandscapes@melbourne.vic.gov.au.