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Penders Park Master Plan

Darebin Council has worked extensively with the community, including a Project Control Group (PCG) made up of local residents, to design and develop the Penders Park Master Plan.

The master plan communicates proposed improvements to the park as part of a greater vision that is inclusive, sustainable and welcoming.

At its Council Meeting on Wednesday 6 November 2019, Council adopted the Penders Park Master Plan, following community consultation.

Click on the image below to view the adopted Penders Park Master Plan

Check out the Document Library for other background information associated with the master plan.


All Abilities Playspace - Stage One

Delivery of an all abilities playspace is one of the priority actions identified in the Penders Park Master Plan. The playspace contains many custom pieces of play equipment and will be delivered in two stages, over multiple years.

Click on the image below to view the final design for stage one of the playspace.


What has happened recently?

Works on the all abilities playspace in the south-east corner of the park began in January 2020, but during this time Council received feedback from some members of the community that the Callistemon trees and garden bed vegetation in this location were important and should be retained. Whilst the master plan proposed hundreds of new native trees, shrubs and plants, community members told us that the particular trees and shrubs in this garden bed held a special meaning to them.

Council paused works to reconsider how to deliver the same play equipment in the same time frame, whilst keeping the trees and shrubs, to ensure this project is well loved by all in the community.

Click on the image below to view the previous 2019 design.

During February, Council undertook further biodiversity and tree assessments and held a community working session to seek community input on a range of new design scenarios for the garden bed in the park’s south-east corner.

Designers used feedback from the community working session to develop a final design for the garden bed, which balances the needs of all who love and use Penders Park. This design delivers a universal and accessible play outcome that also retains the valued vegetation and habitat on site.

Click on the image below to view the final design for the garden bed.

Below is a summary of the community feedback and how Council has responded to this the feedback received in the final design for stage one of the playspace.

What we heard from the community:What we've done as part of the final design:
  • The strength of feeling about the Callistemon trees and garden bed vegetation.
  • The importance of sight lines and visibility across all play areas.
  • The human connection to the bird life and fauna that visit the garden bed vegetation.
  • Support for retaining the blue stone edging and shape of the garden bed.
  • Ensuring all the play equipment that was originally proposed is still delivered.
  • Preserving the vision, play value and design integrity of the all abilities playspace.
  • Retained three of four Callistemon trees and much more of the dense, multilayered vegetation - one tree must be removed for safety reason
  • Maintained sight lines and visibility across play areas.
  • Reduced the pathway through the garden bed to protect trees and habitat.
  • Preserved the garden bed shape by retaining the blue stone garden bed edging, except for one small opening.
  • Incorporated every play element from the original design.
  • Preserved the vision, play value and design integrity.


Next steps for construction of the playspace:

At Council we are, like communities around the country and the world, taking measures to promote good health and limit the impacts of the Coronavirus in our community. The safety of our community and staff is our top priority and we are following the up-to-date advice of the lead authorities.

Where possible, and where it is safe and appropriate to do so, we are continuing with project delivery to safeguard jobs and meet community needs.

Council anticipate that works for the first stage of the new playspace will recommence at the beginning of April 2020. We anticipate this will take approximately 12-14 weeks to complete, weather and circumstances permitting.

Darebin City Council and our contractors continue to follow Coronavirus related government advice, including all relevant restrictions and health guidelines. We are conscious that the situation is very fluid and timeframes for delivery of this playspace may be impacted by further changes to government health advice.

This playspace might not be available for community use immediately following its completion, as this is subject to government health advice and future restrictions on the use of public space and public gatherings. Everyone will be able to enjoy the great new playspace once it is safe to do so.

Future implementation of the Penders Parks Master Plan (including stage two of the all abilities playspace) will be considered by Council as part of its annual budget process.

Project links:


Penders Park Master Plan

Darebin Council has worked extensively with the community, including a Project Control Group (PCG) made up of local residents, to design and develop the Penders Park Master Plan.

The master plan communicates proposed improvements to the park as part of a greater vision that is inclusive, sustainable and welcoming.

At its Council Meeting on Wednesday 6 November 2019, Council adopted the Penders Park Master Plan, following community consultation.

Click on the image below to view the adopted Penders Park Master Plan

Check out the Document Library for other background information associated with the master plan.


All Abilities Playspace - Stage One

Delivery of an all abilities playspace is one of the priority actions identified in the Penders Park Master Plan. The playspace contains many custom pieces of play equipment and will be delivered in two stages, over multiple years.

Click on the image below to view the final design for stage one of the playspace.


What has happened recently?

Works on the all abilities playspace in the south-east corner of the park began in January 2020, but during this time Council received feedback from some members of the community that the Callistemon trees and garden bed vegetation in this location were important and should be retained. Whilst the master plan proposed hundreds of new native trees, shrubs and plants, community members told us that the particular trees and shrubs in this garden bed held a special meaning to them.

Council paused works to reconsider how to deliver the same play equipment in the same time frame, whilst keeping the trees and shrubs, to ensure this project is well loved by all in the community.

Click on the image below to view the previous 2019 design.

During February, Council undertook further biodiversity and tree assessments and held a community working session to seek community input on a range of new design scenarios for the garden bed in the park’s south-east corner.

Designers used feedback from the community working session to develop a final design for the garden bed, which balances the needs of all who love and use Penders Park. This design delivers a universal and accessible play outcome that also retains the valued vegetation and habitat on site.

Click on the image below to view the final design for the garden bed.

Below is a summary of the community feedback and how Council has responded to this the feedback received in the final design for stage one of the playspace.

What we heard from the community:What we've done as part of the final design:
  • The strength of feeling about the Callistemon trees and garden bed vegetation.
  • The importance of sight lines and visibility across all play areas.
  • The human connection to the bird life and fauna that visit the garden bed vegetation.
  • Support for retaining the blue stone edging and shape of the garden bed.
  • Ensuring all the play equipment that was originally proposed is still delivered.
  • Preserving the vision, play value and design integrity of the all abilities playspace.
  • Retained three of four Callistemon trees and much more of the dense, multilayered vegetation - one tree must be removed for safety reason
  • Maintained sight lines and visibility across play areas.
  • Reduced the pathway through the garden bed to protect trees and habitat.
  • Preserved the garden bed shape by retaining the blue stone garden bed edging, except for one small opening.
  • Incorporated every play element from the original design.
  • Preserved the vision, play value and design integrity.


Next steps for construction of the playspace:

At Council we are, like communities around the country and the world, taking measures to promote good health and limit the impacts of the Coronavirus in our community. The safety of our community and staff is our top priority and we are following the up-to-date advice of the lead authorities.

Where possible, and where it is safe and appropriate to do so, we are continuing with project delivery to safeguard jobs and meet community needs.

Council anticipate that works for the first stage of the new playspace will recommence at the beginning of April 2020. We anticipate this will take approximately 12-14 weeks to complete, weather and circumstances permitting.

Darebin City Council and our contractors continue to follow Coronavirus related government advice, including all relevant restrictions and health guidelines. We are conscious that the situation is very fluid and timeframes for delivery of this playspace may be impacted by further changes to government health advice.

This playspace might not be available for community use immediately following its completion, as this is subject to government health advice and future restrictions on the use of public space and public gatherings. Everyone will be able to enjoy the great new playspace once it is safe to do so.

Future implementation of the Penders Parks Master Plan (including stage two of the all abilities playspace) will be considered by Council as part of its annual budget process.

Project links:


  • PCG Meeting / Progress Update

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    over 1 year ago

    The PCG discussed plans for a councillor briefing and discussion on April 15, (this date was later moved to 6 May) project priorities and received an update on the current works underway in the park. We discussed the master plan document and provided feedback for Celsius Design.


    The PCG discussed plans for a councillor briefing and discussion on April 15, (this date was later moved to 6 May) project priorities and received an update on the current works underway in the park. We discussed the master plan document and provided feedback for Celsius Design.


  • 'Quick Wins' - park upgrade works commence

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    over 1 year ago

    As part of the development of the Penders park master plan some 'quick wins' were identified in the community feedback. These 'quick wins' are minor upgrades to the park infrastructure and facilities.

    On 25 March 2019 contractors will be on site to install granitic gravel paths at the east and west ends of the park to create a circuit track. They will also install some bicycle hoops near the basketball court.

    More landscape upgrades are planned for May so stay tuned....

    As part of the development of the Penders park master plan some 'quick wins' were identified in the community feedback. These 'quick wins' are minor upgrades to the park infrastructure and facilities.

    On 25 March 2019 contractors will be on site to install granitic gravel paths at the east and west ends of the park to create a circuit track. They will also install some bicycle hoops near the basketball court.

    More landscape upgrades are planned for May so stay tuned....

  • PCG Progress Update

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    over 1 year ago

    The PCG met with key council officers and councillor Trent McCarthy. We discussed the MP text and draft document as well as timelines and priorities for inclusion in the implementation plan. The group clarified roles and responsibilities and reflected on the challenges and opportunities involved in utilising the PCG model in future projects. The team reviewed the process and timelines for the coming draft budget in relation to the Master Plan.

    The PCG met with key council officers and councillor Trent McCarthy. We discussed the MP text and draft document as well as timelines and priorities for inclusion in the implementation plan. The group clarified roles and responsibilities and reflected on the challenges and opportunities involved in utilising the PCG model in future projects. The team reviewed the process and timelines for the coming draft budget in relation to the Master Plan.

  • Penders Park Open Air Cinema

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    over 1 year ago

    Join us for a free and inclusive community evening at Penders Park, Thornbury

    THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (PG)

    Saturday 9 February, 2019

    6pm for an 8:30pm screening.


    Event Details

    6pm - Community picnic - coffee and ice cream vans on site
    Provide ideas for the all abilities playspace design
    Free pre-screening accessible activities run by Westside Circus

    7:30pm - Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Council

    8:30pm - Screening of The Greatest Showman (PG)

    Access

    • This will be a relaxed screening
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Auslan interpreted
    • Audio description services
    • Captioned screen content
    • Audio described screen content
    • Chill out space available

    ...

    Join us for a free and inclusive community evening at Penders Park, Thornbury

    THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (PG)

    Saturday 9 February, 2019

    6pm for an 8:30pm screening.


    Event Details

    6pm - Community picnic - coffee and ice cream vans on site
    Provide ideas for the all abilities playspace design
    Free pre-screening accessible activities run by Westside Circus

    7:30pm - Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Council

    8:30pm - Screening of The Greatest Showman (PG)

    Access

    • This will be a relaxed screening
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Auslan interpreted
    • Audio description services
    • Captioned screen content
    • Audio described screen content
    • Chill out space available

    Getting There

    The nearest tram stop is 41 Collins St/High St (Thornbury). This is not an accessible stop.

    The nearest train station is Thornbury Railway Station. This is an accessible railway station.


    For transport or access assistance please contact Ella Bucovaz

    at Darebin City Council on 03 8470 8888 or at ella.bucovaz@darebin.vic.gov.au


  • PCG Progress Update

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    over 1 year ago

    At our last meeting the PCG continued planning for the Open Air Cinema event, confirmed the preferred concept for the graphic design of the masterplan. The group discussed implementation of the master plan including quick wins and priorities for the next few years.

    At our last meeting the PCG continued planning for the Open Air Cinema event, confirmed the preferred concept for the graphic design of the masterplan. The group discussed implementation of the master plan including quick wins and priorities for the next few years.

  • PCG Meeting Update

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    over 1 year ago

    The PCG reviewed two concepts presented by Celsius Design for the master plan document and continued planning for the Open air cinema event on Feb 9. The group discussed options for improving the landscaping and irrigation and planned for a council briefing on April 1, 2019.

    The PCG reviewed two concepts presented by Celsius Design for the master plan document and continued planning for the Open air cinema event on Feb 9. The group discussed options for improving the landscaping and irrigation and planned for a council briefing on April 1, 2019.

  • PCG progress Update

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    over 1 year ago

    The PCG met with the contracted landscape architect – Bricolage Design, to review the plans for consultation and design of the all abilities PLAYSPACE, we reviewed plans for the February 9 Open Air cinema and confirmed the Wurundjeri walk through the park with elders in December. We confirmed the 'quick wins' scope of works for landscape upgrades to be put out next fortnight.


    The PCG met with the contracted landscape architect – Bricolage Design, to review the plans for consultation and design of the all abilities PLAYSPACE, we reviewed plans for the February 9 Open Air cinema and confirmed the Wurundjeri walk through the park with elders in December. We confirmed the 'quick wins' scope of works for landscape upgrades to be put out next fortnight.


  • PCG Meetings - Update

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    over 1 year ago

    Last Wednesday the PCG discussed options for the upcoming open-air cinema event on Feb 9, planned elements of the master plan implementation and the structure and format of the final master plan document.

    Last Wednesday the PCG discussed options for the upcoming open-air cinema event on Feb 9, planned elements of the master plan implementation and the structure and format of the final master plan document.

  • Progress Update - Quick Wins and an Outdoor Cinema Event

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    over 1 year ago

    The PCG confirmed the quick wins to be undertaken by the end of this financial year with existing funds. The group resolved to brief council with the draft master plan in early 2019 (Feb – Mar) and make a request for the consecutive design and construction of the all-abilities play space and a changing places toilet.

    The group has set themselves to planning an outdoor cinema event for February 9, 2019 and finalising content for the draft master plan by the end of January.

    The PCG confirmed the quick wins to be undertaken by the end of this financial year with existing funds. The group resolved to brief council with the draft master plan in early 2019 (Feb – Mar) and make a request for the consecutive design and construction of the all-abilities play space and a changing places toilet.

    The group has set themselves to planning an outdoor cinema event for February 9, 2019 and finalising content for the draft master plan by the end of January.

  • Progress Update - The Play Space

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    over 1 year ago

    Eight Landscape Architecture consultancies have been asked to prepare a quotation for the design and preparation of construction drawings for an All Abilities Playspace and Accessible toilet including a Changing Place facility.


    Eight Landscape Architecture consultancies have been asked to prepare a quotation for the design and preparation of construction drawings for an All Abilities Playspace and Accessible toilet including a Changing Place facility.