City of Melbourne is upgrading Enterprize Park, located on the north side of the Yarra River, between the Melbourne Aquarium and Queens Bridge Street.
The improvements will see the lawn areas expanded by 1,000 square meters of green space, views enhanced, and stronger connectivity between public areas along the river, making it more accessible and inclusive for all Melburnians. Works will also include seating along the river’s edge, accessible pathways and wider stairways to improve access, an improved meeting place for Aboriginal cultural tours, and the reinstatement of indigenous vegetation.
Enterprize Park has a rich history. It was first a traditional camping ground for Aboriginal people before European settlers arrived aboard the Enterprize ship in 1835. This location played an important role in Melbourne’s colonial history as a hub for shipping and immigration. This project is a step towards re-establishing the land’s significance for the local Aboriginal community, and its role in Melbourne’s evolution. City of Melbourne has been engaging with the community for a number of years, and has received strong support from nearby stakeholders, relevant authorities and Traditional Owners to breathe new life into the space in and around Enterprize Park.
The Yarra River Birrarung Strategy was endorsed by Council in December 2019 and provides a framework for improvement of the city river corridor, including Enterprize Park. We will be working with other government stakeholders and Traditional Owners to identify and realise further opportunities for the site that celebrates it as an important cultural place.
Enterprize Park has long been a site of significant social issues. The City of Melbourne is working closely with the welfare sector to ensure any vulnerable communities and advocacy groups are provided with continuous support in the lead up to, and during, construction.
The first stage of preparation works to demolish the concrete plinths will commence in late April 2020, with the main park construction to commence in August. The park improvements are expected to be complete later this year.
The project has been informed by a number of strategies and Council Goals including: