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, City of Melbourne has endorsed a concept plan for a number of improvements at the entrance to Fawkner Park from Pasley Street North.
The concept plan was informed by community engagement in November-December 2017 and endorsed by Council in March 2018. The upgrade of the entrance was a recommendation in the Fawkner Park Master Plan 2006.
The Pasley Street North Entrance Improvements includes:
- resolving drainage and flooding issues
- improving landscape and tree health
- improving pedestrian and cyclist safety
- improving entrance amenity
- relocating the existing basketball court to achieve the above
The proposed improvement works have been designed with consideration to the registered heritage values of Fawkner Park, acknowledging the increased community use in this location, to address the long-standing condition issues at the Pasley Street North entrance, and ensure a healthy, sustainable landscape to support the existing and future use of Fawkner Park.
Tree and landscape health:
- new drainage infrastructure including a gently sloped lawn swale that in high storm water flow events can retain this water and allow it to soak into the ground
- de-compacting soils and mulching under existing trees to improve water retention
- the planting of 21 new trees complementing the landscape character of Fawkner Park
- the introduction of two new paths, garden beds and feature seating to protect existing trees from compaction 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 recent Melbourne Water water main renewal works by ameliorating the soil in this area
- relocation of the basketball court and re-landscaping the area with a gently sloping lawn swale to assist drainage
- relocation of the basketball court closer to the picnic and play area to allow for landscape drainage solution and improve the integration between the play and basketball court
- improve 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 overall amenity of the entrance to better reflect the importance of Fawkner Park as a premier park
- the creation of a new path to improve pedestrian safety and cyclist circulation in the area
To enable the drainage and amenity improvements to occur, the well-used basketball court at the Pasley Street North entrance needs to be relocated as the court is contributing to the flooding issues in the area. This will be replaced with a gently sloped lawn swale and landscape improvements to facilitate better drainage and pedestrian and cyclist circulation.
The basketball court will be relocated closer to the picnic 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 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, improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and improve the amenity of the park entrance.
Fawkner Park concept plan
Slide the arrow to reveal a before and after look at the proposed improvement area.