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Your parks and green spaces

Strategic objective

Inviting and well-utilised community parks and green spaces.

Key figures

  • $13.7 million net operating cost
  • 19,200 indigenous trees, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers planted during the year
  • 437ha of open space maintained.

Achievements

Playground upgrades

Commitment

Upgrade playgrounds at Canterbury Sports Ground, Ferndale Park and Gordon Street Reserve to provide high quality, safe and diverse play opportunities for children and families.

Project overview

The City of Boroondara is a family friendly City home to over 100 playgrounds. Through its Playground Replacement Program, Council is committed to enhancing the lives of children and their families by improving local playgrounds.

The playgrounds at Canterbury Sports Ground, Ferndale Park and Gordon Street Reserve were no longer meeting the needs of the community and were recently upgraded to current day standards.

The local community were consulted on the design of each playground. The feedback received assisted in giving each play space its own unique character. Council officers worked collaboratively and provided specialist advice for the design of each site.

Project aims

The projects set out to provide high quality, safe and diverse play opportunities for children and families. The upgrade works also improved accessibility to our playgrounds and provided increased shade opportunities.

Project outcomes

The new playgrounds have been very popular with the local community, seeing children of all ages and abilities gather with their families to enjoy the new equipment. 

For more information, see Improving playgrounds.

Summary of other achievements

  • Sought feedback from the local community as part of the Playground Replacement Program. Council received over 100 responses that helped inform the development of the playground designs.
  • Four new playgrounds, including shade structures, were delivered throughout the year with a focus on enhancing the lives of children and their families by providing additional and enriched opportunities for children to engage with the natural environment through play.
     
  • Consulted with the local community and sports clubs regarding the Gordon Barnard Reserve raingarden and harvesting plan. Consultation results indicated community support for this approach to preserving valuable drinking water and preventing pollution from entering our waterways.

Satisfaction with appearance of public areas

Bar graph. 2014-15: 79; 2015-16: 80; 2016-17: 78; 2017-18: 78; 2018-19: 80

Area of land managed for biodiversity (hectares)

Bar graph. 2016-17: 40.6; 2017-18: 41.9; 2018-19: 43.1

Data not available for 2014-15 and 2015-16.