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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:


  • Drop In session - Consultation Report

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    almost 2 years 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

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    almost 2 years 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!

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    almost 2 years 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

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    almost 2 years 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

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    almost 2 years ago



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

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    almost 2 years 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

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    about 2 years 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

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    about 2 years 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

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    about 2 years 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

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    about 2 years 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.