As part of the City Of Melbourne’s commitment to develop open space opportunities in North Melbourne, a draft concept plan has been created for Gardiner Reserve to increase the size of the park and improve amenities.
The proposal will increase the existing park by 43%, and the redesign of the park layout will provide for additional play opportunities as well as another picnic node to improve the park’s usability and amenity. Additionally, 88 new trees will be planted to increase canopy cover, and garden beds which utilise water sensitive urban design principles will increase the long term sustainability of the park.
Gardiner Reserve has been identified for an upgrade through the Open Space Strategy (2012). This strategy outlines the development of new and existing open spaces now and into the future, to meet the needs of the existing community as well as the increased population expected in coming years.
Additionally, North Melbourne was the focus of a 2002 feasibility study, which identified the potential expansion of Gardiner Reserve into Dryburgh Street, and a principle of the 2012 Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan was to “Increase the provision of public open space to support population growth and ensure it is equitably distributed for the community to enjoy”.
This project seeks to deliver on the community feedback that supported these important strategic documents. To date a number of open space sites have been expanded in North Melbourne as a result of this past work; including Errol Street Park, Howard Street Reserve and Clayton Reserve. Tree planting and design is guided by, and reflects, the Urban Forest Strategy (2012).
This project is fully funded by the Public Open Space Fund and is being delivered as part of the City of Melbourne’s 2017-18 Capital Works Program.