Improving landscape health
Fawkner Park is one of Melbourne’s most popular parks with recent research indicating approximately 9,000 people enjoy the park on a daily basis. To ensure the park’s ongoing sustainability and health, we are proposing a number of improvements at the Pasley Street North entrance to the park.
The Pasley Street North Entrance Improvements include addressing the drainage issues plaguing this area, improving the growing conditions for trees, landscape health, and improving pedestrian and cyclist safety. To enable this to happen, the well-used basketball court at the Pasley Street North entrance needs to be relocated as the court is contributing to the drainage issues in the area. This will be replaced with a swale and landscape improvements to facilitate better drainage and pedestrian/cyclist circulation. The basketball court will be relocated further into the park and beside the picnic area and playground area. This will ensure that it will remain accessible to its current users while improving its integration with the play and picnic area.
The extent of the works required to improve the entrance was not anticipated during the master plan. As a result we are informing the local community about these works and there is an opportunity to provide your comments.
The vision for Fawkner Park
The proposed improvement works have been designed to address the long-standing issues at the Pasley Street North entrance and ensure a healthy, sustainable future for Fawkner Park with improved amenity.
Tree and landscape health:
- new drainage infrastructure
- de-compacting soils and mulching under existing trees to improve water retention
- the introduction of two new paths, garden beds and feature seating to protect existing trees by reducing access to tree root zones
- the creation of garden beds around some trees to improve water and air permeability into their root zones
- renovating the existing lawn affected by the water main renewal
- relocation of the basketball court and re-landscaping the area with a grassed stormwater retention basin to assist drainage
- relocation of the basketball court further into the park beside the picnic area and play area to improve integration between the two areas
- improving the basketball court to allow for other informal recreation uses such as netball and line-marking for play, thereby making it multi-purpose
Improved access and amenity:
- improving the amenity and entrance to match Fawkner Park’s status as a premier park
- the creation of a new path to improve pedestrian safety and cyclist circulation in the area
The improvements at the Pasley Street North entrance proposed in the concept plan are primarily to resolve long-standing drainage issues in the area, improve tree and landscape health, and improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.
Long standing issues include:
- drainage issues such as overland flows from Toorak Road and down pathways accumulating and washing out garden beds and lawns in the area near the entrance
- the current stormwater drainage system is unable to cope with the sudden flows
- the current basketball court’s location at the lowest point of the park, creating pooling of stormwater in the immediate area
- tree and landscape health issues, including trees in poor health, poor lawn coverage and failing garden beds
- high levels of ground compaction in specific areas affecting lawn, garden beds, tree health and plant performance
- pedestrian and cyclist safety
Slide the arrow to reveal a before and after look at the proposed improvement area.