Campbell Reserve playspace upgrade project, Coburg

Project overview

Council is upgrading the park and playspace at Campbell Reserve in Coburg this financial year 2017-18.

The Campbell Reserve Coburg Play Upgrade Draft Concept Plan (PDF 518Kb) shows the proposed upgrade. Feedback on this draft concept plan closed on 18 January 2018.

Council asked for feedback on the Campbell Reserve Playspace Upgrade draft concept plan during December 2017 to January 2018, as follows:

  • Information letters were distributed to households in the vicinity of Campbell Reserve along with a copy of the Draft Concept Plan that had been prepared and was also available for viewing on the Moreland public website.
  • People were invited to consider the proposals and submit feedback on the concept plan, which would be considered in the next step of developing a detailed design for construction.
  • Feedback closed officially on Monday 18 December 2017, with around fifteen (15) responses including comment on the Concept Design and providing suggestions for changes or improvements.
  • Further feedback and comment has been received during Jan-Feb 2018, given the heightened awareness of local residents of potential changes at the Reserve relating to existing projects at various stages of planning and/or approval by Council.

Timeline

    • Project scope and concept design, completed 1 December 2017
    • Consultation on the draft concept plan, 4 December –26 Febtuary 2018
    • Final design, 26 February 2018
    • Procurement and construction, 9 February – 25 May 2018
    • Project completion, end May 2018

Consultation

Feedback findings

Generally, responses were in favour of the proposal to upgrade the existing playspace and picnic area and install new fencing along the Moore Street frontage.

Concerns were expressed about certain aspects of the proposed upgrade as well as potential impacts from recently announced changes relating to the sports club pavilion and sports fields.

Issues raised most often include:

  • Potential dog conflict and ways to separate from the playspace and other activities, including fencing off the playspace or a dog off-leash area
  • Separating play activities between older and younger children
  • Questions about testing for soil contamination
  • Support for barbecues and picnic shelter
  • Varying views about the value of having a basketball half-court, but mostly supportive
  • Concern about the basketball half-court displacing dog exercise activity in that space
  • Ensuring impact of new soccer fence does not restrict access to open areas in the reserve at all times
  • Access to car parking in the reserve when sporting activities are underway.

Response to feedback

Playspace fencing: Council’s standard approach is guided by risk. Generally, fencing is installed when a playspace is within 30 metres of a roadway, which is the case on Moore Street. Fencing around the whole playspace is an excessive cost and creates visual clutter. Moreland’s Local Law states that dogs are to be on a leash within 15 metres of the playground and are prohibited within the playground.

Dog enclosure: At present, there are no fenced dog enclosures in Moreland and Council recently conducted consultation to seek responses from the community on preferred park locations for one to be created. The outcome identified Gilpin Park in Brunswick West, with detailed design underway for construction this year. Other park locations will be considered but there are no specific plans for any other dog enclosures at this point.

Park furniture: New furniture, including drink fountain with dog dish, park seats and picnic table, are being installed as part of the project. Installation of bicycle racks and an additional litter bin is being considered, subject to budget funding.

Soil testing: In implementing the Moreland Play Strategy (PDF 2Mb), soil testing is not carried out when undertaking work in a park location where an existing playspace is already established. Generally, site soil is considered safe for recreation activities including play and picnic provided the ground not being sealed with paving or other hard surface has adequate cover of imported soil, grass, mulch, or softfall material.

Soccer fencing: Council has approved upgrading of sports club facilities at Campbell Reserve including fences around the soccer pitches. Various units within Council including Recreation and Open Space are working together to ensure the best outcomes for all park visitors are achieved.

Additional funding: At this stage additional funding is still being sought for proposed future works including a basketball half-court, barbecue and picnic shelter at Campbell Reserve. New park seats and picnic table are being installed.

Next steps

The overall level of community support for the proposed playspace upgrade is seen as an endorsement of the draft concept plan.

Works have commenced on site with park fencing already installed to the Moore Street frontage. Work on the playspace refurbishment commences on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

It is anticipated that the playspace and picnic area upgrade will be completed in May 2018.

The final concept plan is subject to budget provision and any feedback received.

Contact details

For further information regarding the playspace upgrade at Campbell Reserve please contact Andrew Blight, Landscape Architect. Email Andrew Blight or phone 8311 4391.