The City of Melbourne is creating more open space for the community in Kensington. By expanding two small traffic islands on the south side of Kensington Station, the amount of green open space in the area has more than doubled.
Some of the new elements in the redevelopment include improved landscaping with new pathways, lawn and garden beds, new park benches and informal seating like logs, boulders and wooden platforms, a new drinking fountain and new park lighting.
Works began in February 2016 and landscaping was completed in June 2016. The expanded parkland will improve local area amenity, cooling and biodiversity for Kensington in line with the strategic objectives of the Open Space Strategy.
To accommodate the increased open space, the southern end of Rankins Road was turned into a two-way street and the southern portion of Eastwood Street was permanently closed and converted into parkland. There was no loss of car spaces, with the introduction of angle parking on Eastwood Street.
Two existing mature River Red Gums have been augmented with variety of new tree species to provide extra shade in summer and improve the area’s biodiversity and cooling capability. The new tree species include Allocasuarina littoralis (commonly known as Black Sheoak), Eucalyptus melliodora (Yellow Box) and Brachychiton x roseus (Kurrajong Tree).
Water sensitive urban design garden beds have also been introduced at the northern end of the reserve to capture and clean stormwater.
Changes to the area:
1. Albermarle and Hardiman streets upgrade
The revised concept plan (PDF, 458kb) is now available. Find out more in the Project Updates section below.
2. Bellair Street Playground renewal
The Bellair Street Playground concept plan (PDF, 435kb) shows the proposed upgrades for Bellair Street Playground, commonly known as “Skinny Park”. The playground renewal will provide a similar range of play experiences to what is currently provided, and will be added to where possible.
3. Bellair Street pedestrian crossing
A zebra pedestrian crossing and an additional road hump are to be installed on Bellair Street on the north side of Macaulay Road. The project is expected to improve safety and access for people walking to Kensington Station and can be viewed on the final plan. These works are expected to commence in early June and be completed by the end of June. Local residents have been notified.
4. Eastwood and Rankins Reserve park expansion
By increasing the size of the small park and improving its accessibility, there will be opportunities for new uses and enhanced landscape character. Additional tree planting and permeable surfaces will also allow for better use of rain and stormwater. View the Eastwood and Rankins Reserve concept plan (PDF, 3.25MB).