Future of Elsternwick Park North

In November 2016 the 25 community members of the ElsternwickPark Deliberative Panel met over two days to help make recommendations toCouncil on the future uses of the park.

As part of this process the Panel developed sketches of three options for Council to consider on pre-supplied maps of the park. In late December Council engaged a landscape architect to help provide more detail to the options agreed by the Panel and to ensure that the options where achievable in relation to space available and other requirements including access for people of all abilities.

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In November 2016 the 25 community members of the ElsternwickPark Deliberative Panel met over two days to help make recommendations toCouncil on the future uses of the park.

As part of this process the Panel developed sketches of three options for Council to consider on pre-supplied maps of the park. In late December Council engaged a landscape architect to help provide more detail to the options agreed by the Panel and to ensure that the options where achievable in relation to space available and other requirements including access for people of all abilities.

This has resulted in some subtle shifting elements. The rescaled drawings can be seen in more detail below.

About the Deliberative Panel Process

On the first day the Panel heard presentations from 15 speakers from across a range of interest groups including cricket, AFL, Women’s golf, Melbourne Water, sustainability and biodiversity experts, local residents and Council staff.

On the second day the Panel heard from an additional local resident and a senior member of the Elsternwick Cricket Club.

Following 5 hours of deliberation, the panel chose to make alterations to two of the three initial options (options 1a and 2a) and the creation of a 5th option in response to evidence and arguments they had heard. They then individually ranked their support for each of the options.

Of the three possibilities, Option 1a was the most supported by the panel (58%). It would see the creation of an urban forest with passive recreation on the site of the current golf course, expanded wetland areas and the retention of Oval 2 in its existing location but with Council undertaking to upgrade the facility.

Option 2a which would see Oval 2 relocated to the north east corner of the Park on the site of the existing golf course with the remained of the park given over to parklands. This had 25% level of support from the panel.

Option 5 which would see the golf course and wetlands reconfigured received 17% level of support.

Discussions: All (6) Open (3)
  • Option_1a_reworked

    Option 1a was the option most supported by the panel. This option includes the creation of an urban forest, expanded wetland area and the retention of an upgraded Oval 2 in its existing location. In this option the golf course is not retained.

    This option has been drawn to scale and takes into consideration the limitations of the site (drainage, utilities) and opportunities to increase community enjoyment of the site. As a result of this process the following variations have occurred:

    • BBQs relocated from the SW corner of the park to the SE corner... Continue reading

    Option 1a was the option most supported by the panel. This option includes the creation of an urban forest, expanded wetland area and the retention of an upgraded Oval 2 in its existing location. In this option the golf course is not retained.

    This option has been drawn to scale and takes into consideration the limitations of the site (drainage, utilities) and opportunities to increase community enjoyment of the site. As a result of this process the following variations have occurred:

    • BBQs relocated from the SW corner of the park to the SE corner due to flood flows.
    • A pavilion (change rooms, public toilets, umpire room, kiosk) for Oval 2 has been added. A new pavilion for Oval 2 at Elsternwick North has been a long term priority as identified in the Bayside Pavilion Improvement Plan. The current change rooms for Oval 2 have been deemed not fit for purpose and poorly located. The exact location of this new pavilion will be determined through a future design development process, subject to the outcomes of the Council meeting. This pavilion has been indicatively shown south west of the existing carpark (St Kilda Street).

    • Carparking along Bent Avenue has been provided where appropriate, rather than along the entire Bent Avenue. This still provides the area with 50 additional spaces.

    • Fitness stations have been spread along the path, rather than clustered in the recreation area to increase usage as part of a circuit.
    • Central access road (NE – SW) and building have been removed and a shared pathway installed for cyclists and pedestrians. This will connect into existing bike paths and help to achieve the goals within Council’s Integrated Transport and Cycling Strategy.
    • (Subject to further discussion with Melbourne Water) A low fence (1.2m) will be installed along Bent Avenue.
    • The current layout of Elster Creek will be retained as the proposed changes to the land and increased wetland space provide the greatest cost benefit and flood mitigation.
    • Internal paths (excluding NE – SW path and boundary paths) have been reduced to pedestrian paths only, cyclists will not be encouraged to ride through the park.
    • Explore with Melbourne Water the opportunity to increase stormwater detention at Elsternwick Park including mounding around Oval No. 2.


    Below is the original Option 1A as developed by the Deliberative Panel - Sunday 13th November 2016.


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  • Option_2a_reworked

    Option 2a was the next supported option after Option 1a. In this option Oval 2 is relocated to the north east corner of the park to accommodate an increase in size. This option includes up to 4 netball courts and associated carparking. This option includes the creation of an urban forest and expanded wetland area. In this option the golf course is not retained.

    This option has been drawn to scale and takes into consideration the limitations of the site (drainage, utilities) and opportunities to increase community enjoyment of the site. As... Continue reading

    Option 2a was the next supported option after Option 1a. In this option Oval 2 is relocated to the north east corner of the park to accommodate an increase in size. This option includes up to 4 netball courts and associated carparking. This option includes the creation of an urban forest and expanded wetland area. In this option the golf course is not retained.

    This option has been drawn to scale and takes into consideration the limitations of the site (drainage, utilities) and opportunities to increase community enjoyment of the site. As a result of this process the following variations have occurred:

    • Multipurpose recreation area renamed ‘Village Green’ to reflect the informal nature of the play and recreational activities.
    • Additional mounding added around the Village Green this will allow for greater water retention during periods of high rain fall. Outside of these time the mounds provide a play element for children.
    • Inclusion of shared pathway (NE – SW) for cyclists and pedestrians. This will connect into existing bike paths and help to achieve the goals within Council’s Integrated Transport and Cycling Strategy.
    • Oval 2 location shifted south (slightly) to accommodate 160m x 135m oval (fence to fence).
    • Additional carparking added to accommodate 40 – 50 carparking spaces.

     

    Below is the original Option 2A as developed by the Deliberative Panel - Sunday 13th November 2016.

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  • Option_5_reworked

    Option 5 retains and improves the golf course and extends the wetlands to the north increasing the overall size of the wetlands. The current practice fairway south of Oval 1 is replaced with additional tree planting increasing the urban forest feel.

    Option 5 also includes an eco-café/pro shop and a wetlands viewing shelter for educational and community use. This will provide an opportunity for bird watching and habitat interpretation.

    This option has been drawn to scale and takes into consideration the limitations of the site and opportunities to improve the visitor experience.

    A pavilion (change... Continue reading

    Option 5 retains and improves the golf course and extends the wetlands to the north increasing the overall size of the wetlands. The current practice fairway south of Oval 1 is replaced with additional tree planting increasing the urban forest feel.

    Option 5 also includes an eco-café/pro shop and a wetlands viewing shelter for educational and community use. This will provide an opportunity for bird watching and habitat interpretation.

    This option has been drawn to scale and takes into consideration the limitations of the site and opportunities to improve the visitor experience.

    A pavilion (change rooms, public toilets, umpire room, kiosk) for Oval 2 has been added. A new pavilion for Oval 2 at Elsternwick North has been a long term priority as identified in the Bayside Pavilion Improvement Plan. The current change rooms for Oval 2 have been deemed not fit for purpose and poorly located. The exact location of this new pavilion will be determined through a future design development process, subject to the outcomes of the Council meeting. This pavilion has been indicatively shown south west of the existing carpark (St Kilda Street).



    Below is the original Option 5 as developed by the Deliberative Panel - Sunday 13th November 2016.

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    One of the outcomes from the community workshop held on 18th of May 2016. Will be discussed as part of the Deliberative Panel.


    One of the outcomes from the community workshop held on 18th of May 2016. Will be discussed as part of the Deliberative Panel.


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    One of the outcomes from the community workshop held on 18th of May 2016. Will be discussed as part of the Deliberative Panel.


    One of the outcomes from the community workshop held on 18th of May 2016. Will be discussed as part of the Deliberative Panel.


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