Penders Park - Your Park Your Way

Penders Park Entry

Over the past year, Darebin Council has been working with 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.

Thank you to all of you who provided feedback on the draft Penders Park Master Plan. We have reviewed all of this feedback and incorporated some great suggestions into the master plan.

A special thank you goes out to the Project Control Group, for coming together to provide invaluable community insights and for their time, energy and commitment in co-creating this master plan for Penders Park.

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


What’s next?

The all abilities playspace design is complete and the first stage of construction will commence in early 2020. The first stage will include play spaces and preliminary landscaping including mulched garden beds. Planting will take place in the second stage.

Keep an eye out for updates on this page.

Over the past year, Darebin Council has been working with 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.

Thank you to all of you who provided feedback on the draft Penders Park Master Plan. We have reviewed all of this feedback and incorporated some great suggestions into the master plan.

A special thank you goes out to the Project Control Group, for coming together to provide invaluable community insights and for their time, energy and commitment in co-creating this master plan for Penders Park.

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


What’s next?

The all abilities playspace design is complete and the first stage of construction will commence in early 2020. The first stage will include play spaces and preliminary landscaping including mulched garden beds. Planting will take place in the second stage.

Keep an eye out for updates on this page.

  • Drop In session - Consultation Report

    about 1 year ago

    The results are in from the drop in session in July.

    People said of the event

    “Today’s response and attendance is a strong indication of how loved Pender's is seen. Its communal friendliness and connection with young and old is the answer and value.”

    Here is a summary of the key results:

    • 200 community members attended the drop-in event (approx).

    • 99 online survey participants.

    • 372 bits of feedback received at community event. 149 online comments.

    • Over 70% of feedback strongly agreed with the Vision (17% agreed).

    • Over 80% of feedback rated five out of the six key design principles as...

    The results are in from the drop in session in July.

    People said of the event

    “Today’s response and attendance is a strong indication of how loved Pender's is seen. Its communal friendliness and connection with young and old is the answer and value.”

    Here is a summary of the key results:

    • 200 community members attended the drop-in event (approx).

    • 99 online survey participants.

    • 372 bits of feedback received at community event. 149 online comments.

    • Over 70% of feedback strongly agreed with the Vision (17% agreed).

    • Over 80% of feedback rated five out of the six key design principles as ‘Very important’ or ‘Important’.

    • The ‘Distinctive Identity’ principle had mixed results - 13% rating it ‘Not at all important’/’Less important’. Despite this, 66% rated it ‘Important’ or ‘Very important’.

    • 65% of online participants live in Thornbury, 24% in Preston.

    See more of the Report in the Document Library
  • Play Ground Location, Toilets & Consultation Update

    about 1 year ago

    The group reviewed the preliminary feedback from the survey and briefs for the master plan presentation, made plans for further investigation and advocacy around a changing places toilet facility and revisited the master plan layout, mud mapping the locations of different elements discussed last week. The group are currently engaging with the Wurundjeri Council and the local Aboriginal community.

    The group reviewed the preliminary feedback from the survey and briefs for the master plan presentation, made plans for further investigation and advocacy around a changing places toilet facility and revisited the master plan layout, mud mapping the locations of different elements discussed last week. The group are currently engaging with the Wurundjeri Council and the local Aboriginal community.

  • Progress Update 7 - Putting Ideas on Paper!

    over 1 year ago

    At the groups last meeting we brainstormed and mud mapped potential master plan opportunities on a large park map and considered the quick wins that could be procured to show some on the ground action in tandem. The group also discussed potential innovative formats (vids, vox pop as well as paper document) and launch ideas for the final master plan.


    At the groups last meeting we brainstormed and mud mapped potential master plan opportunities on a large park map and considered the quick wins that could be procured to show some on the ground action in tandem. The group also discussed potential innovative formats (vids, vox pop as well as paper document) and launch ideas for the final master plan.


  • Progress Update 6 The Master Plan

    over 1 year ago

    The drop in session was a great day. Thanks to all who came and gave us feedback on the vision and design principles. If you didn't get to the drop in session the survey is open until Monday 27th August, please let us know what you think of the vision and principles. We will provide feedback on the results when the survey closes.

    In the meantime the group has settled on a format for the master plan that includes not only a master plan document with stages and priorities, but a document that will link the master plan vision and...

    The drop in session was a great day. Thanks to all who came and gave us feedback on the vision and design principles. If you didn't get to the drop in session the survey is open until Monday 27th August, please let us know what you think of the vision and principles. We will provide feedback on the results when the survey closes.

    In the meantime the group has settled on a format for the master plan that includes not only a master plan document with stages and priorities, but a document that will link the master plan vision and design principles to other strategic objectives and outcomes for community connections and placemaking.

  • Some pics from the drop in Session

    over 1 year ago
    Natural   built elements board



  • Progress Update 5 Drop In session Saturday 21 July & our Survey!

    over 1 year ago

    We are finalising details for the drop-in session on Saturday 21 July and our survey is open and ready for you to complete. (You can find it here)

    We’re excited to be coming back to the community with the work we have done to date. Drop in for a coffee and a chat!

    We are finalising details for the drop-in session on Saturday 21 July and our survey is open and ready for you to complete. (You can find it here)

    We’re excited to be coming back to the community with the work we have done to date. Drop in for a coffee and a chat!

  • Pender's Park Vision & Design principles

    over 1 year ago

    Pender’s Park Vision

    Pender’s Park is a significant gathering place for our diverse and changing community. As a major neighbourhood park, it’s a place for play, celebrating, active and passive recreation and connecting with nature.

    Pender’s Park Design Principles

    Distinctive Identity

    Pender’s park is a unique space with a character that everyone recognises and values. The park’s identity is shaped by its indigenous history, heritage design and its culturally diverse community.

    Accessible, Equitable and Universal

    Pender’s Park is a welcoming and respectful place for everyone to enjoy....

    Pender’s Park Vision

    Pender’s Park is a significant gathering place for our diverse and changing community. As a major neighbourhood park, it’s a place for play, celebrating, active and passive recreation and connecting with nature.

    Pender’s Park Design Principles

    Distinctive Identity

    Pender’s park is a unique space with a character that everyone recognises and values. The park’s identity is shaped by its indigenous history, heritage design and its culturally diverse community.

    Accessible, Equitable and Universal

    Pender’s Park is a welcoming and respectful place for everyone to enjoy. The design ensures that anyone can access and use the park and its facilities equitably.

    ‘Playful’

    Pender’s park is a shared space that offers a range of exciting ‘play’ opportunities for adults, children and dogs, while respecting the needs of everyone.

    Connection to Nature

    In a highly urbanised neighbourhood, Pender’s Park is an oasis of green space for people to connect and experience nature.

    Natural and Built Elements

    Shade, shelter, lighting, seating and amenities are well designed, constructed and maintained. These elements encourage the community to meet, socialise and provide everyone with a feeling of safety and an enjoyable outdoor experience.

    Resilience and Sustainability

    The park’s natural and built elements are robust, easy to maintain, and durable for the long-term to support current and future generations.


  • Progress Update 4 from the Project Control Group

    over 1 year ago

    We have developed our Vision and Design principles to guide the development of the park and we are keen to get your feedback.

    A drop in session with free coffee and entertainment for the kids will be held in the park on Saturday 21 July 2018 from 10am – 12noon.

    The consultation will be launched online on 9 July 2018 for six weeks.

    Stay tuned for more information.


    We have developed our Vision and Design principles to guide the development of the park and we are keen to get your feedback.

    A drop in session with free coffee and entertainment for the kids will be held in the park on Saturday 21 July 2018 from 10am – 12noon.

    The consultation will be launched online on 9 July 2018 for six weeks.

    Stay tuned for more information.


  • Progress Update 3 from the Project Control Group

    over 1 year ago

    The PCG have been working on our Vision and Design Principles to guide the development of the park.

    We are planning a drop in session in the park in July to check in with the community to see what you think so far. Stay tuned for the date.

    The consultation will be launched online here at yoursaydarebin Pender’s Park on 12 July 2018 for six weeks.


    The PCG have been working on our Vision and Design Principles to guide the development of the park.

    We are planning a drop in session in the park in July to check in with the community to see what you think so far. Stay tuned for the date.

    The consultation will be launched online here at yoursaydarebin Pender’s Park on 12 July 2018 for six weeks.


  • Progress Update 2 from the Project Control Group

    over 1 year ago

    The PCG have finalised the vision statement for the park and are at the stage of clarifying the design principles that will guide the improvements to the park.

    A poster asking for the community to “Have your say” has been developed and will start to be seen in the park and around the community.

    The PCG have finalised the vision statement for the park and are at the stage of clarifying the design principles that will guide the improvements to the park.

    A poster asking for the community to “Have your say” has been developed and will start to be seen in the park and around the community.