The conversation

We wanted to hear from the community about expanding the Bedford and Courtney Street reserves, North Melbourne, into a larger pocket park. To increase the impact of community feedback, we linked this conversation with discussions about the feel and function of the local streets in the same neighbourhood following the construction of a new bike lane in Peel Street.

Gathering insights

Between 28 April and 24 May 2021, we gathered your insights via:


survey responses


pop-ups attendees


walking tour participants


direct enquiries

Who we heard from

  • Most respondents were male (56 per cent), with 42 per cent female and 2 per cent non-binary or gender diverse
  • Eighty per cent of respondents lived locally
  • The youngest participant was 8, whereas the oldest participant was in their 80s; the majority were aged between 26 and 44 years old.

What we heard

Feedback regarding Bedford Street Pocket Park

The pop-up activities asked participants to reflect on some proposed Bedford Street Pocket Park ideas (PDF 1 MB) as well as giving people an opportunity to add their own ideas.

Your top three suggestions for improving Bedford Street Pocket Park were:

  • Improve current recreational offerings with BBQs, casual game areas, a play area for children and more seating and picnic tables.
  • Create a new green area by closing the slip lane from Capel Street to Peel Street and expand Courtney Street Reserve.
  • Convert road space and some parking bays to create more green space around Bedford Street Reserve.
The proposed idea to make Bedford Street a one way (between Capel and Courtney streets) to improve pedestrian safety and reduce through traffic, had the least amount of support.

The feedback received included:

Feedback regarding neighbourhood streets

To improve the feel and function and increase the safety and connection of the local streets, your top suggestions were:

  • Use increased signage, lighting, street art to utilise opportunities offered by the Capel-Peel laneways
  • More localised parking permits that prioritise residents
  • Create better pedestrian crossings
  • Replace gravel landscaping
  • More tree planting on Capel Street.

The feedback received included: