The Boyd Park Concept Plan outlines our vision for creating a new neighbourhood park for Southbank, adjacent to the Boyd Community Hub.
Endorsed by the Future Melbourne Committee in March 2018, the plan will create a backyard for the thousands of residents living in apartments in Southbank. It will also provide flexible and playful spaces that support a range of activities for the diverse population. The plan builds on Boyd’s former use as a school and its current function as a vibrant community hub in one of Melbourne’s most densely populated suburbs.
Underpinned by the City of Melbourne’s Open Space Strategy (2012), the plan has been informed by two rounds of extensive community engagement undertaken in 2014 and 2017 and includes the following key features:
- a community park with trees, lawns and access to nature
- areas for children’s play
- spaces for quiet relaxation
- barbecue and picnic facilities
- community and event gathering spaces
- park expansion into Kavanagh Street
- a communal garden
- improved park amenity with new seating, lighting and waste facilities.
Following community consultation in December, 2017, it was clear that there was wide-spread support for the draft concept plan.
Four key messages emerged from the consultation: a desire to see the new play space expanded with a focus on the 0 to 5 age group; support for basketball but at a different location; the need for a dog off-lead area; and community gardening. The concept plan has been updated to reflect this feedback.
Four key changes have been made to the final concept plan in response:
- A proposal to provide basketball and multi-use court activities at the Kings Way Undercroft in conjunction with City Road Master Plan Action 2 (Reimagine Kings Way Undercroft as a community space) meeting the needs of both sites.
- A proposal to investigate the creation of a designated dog off-lead area and landscaping adjacent to the tram stop in Moray Street.
- A communal garden is proposed at the City Road forecourt of Boyd Park.
- The play space has also been extended into the park expansion on Kavanagh Street with a focus on toddler play.