Melbourne car park to be transformed into a public park
The City of Stonnington Council has revealed designs for a new park in place of what is currently a car park in the Melbourne suburb of Prahran.
The Council’s plans for Cato Square, currently used by customers of two supermarkets that border the site over the suburb’s Chatham and Wattle Streets, will see the creation of 9,000 metre² park divided nine distinct areas, including a central square featuring a fountain. The design also includes ecologically sensitive features, including solar energy generation and stormwater capture and management.
The creation of a park near Chapel Street was included in the 2013 Chapel Street Masterplan, prepared by Hansen Partnership, which laid out a plan to define and establish a ‘village square’ at each of the precincts through which Chapel Street travels. Other ‘village squares’ in the masterplan were located in South Yarra, Windsor and Forest Hill and dealt with already public spaces.
Designed by Lyons Architecture and Aspect Studios, the park is intended to relieve pressure on other public spaces nearby as the local population increases.
The City of Stonnington estimates an increase of 30,000 new residents by 2036, more than half of whom will be in the Chapel Street area.
Stonnington has the second-lowest amount of open public space per capita of all Victorian council areas after Glen Eira City Council, according to a report prepared for the City of Stonnington by planning firm SGS Economics and Planning in 2011.
City of Stonnington Mayor Jami Klisaris sees that the new Cato Square “will create a new benchmark for innovative reclamation of urban open space in Australia.”
The design also includes Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) - Victoria’s design and planning strategy for crime reduction, intended to build a sense of both perceived and experienced security.
The park is intended to relieve pressure on other public spaces nearby as the local population increases.
The site is bounded by Izett, Wattle, Chatham and Cato Streets, and sits directly to the east of Grattan Gardens. It sits between the corners of Chapel Street and Commercial Road, and Chapel Street and Greville Street.
To compensate for the removal of the current car park, an underground parking structure that will increase current capacity by 20% will be installed beneath the park.
Construction is expected to begin later this year, with completion in 2019. The project is estimated to cost $60 million, paid for directly by the council.
Images: Architect renditions of the new Cato Square.
19th November 2016 - CENTRAL MELBOURNE’S TREES NEED TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE
24th June 2014 - PLACES AND OPEN SPACES IDENTIFIED AS THE KEY TO A BETTER MELBOURNE
22nd January 2010 - SMART WINS SYNTHETIC SURFACES WORK
27th June 2008 - PARKS FORUM HIGHLIGHTS VALUE OF PARKS
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…read more
Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…read more
Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…read more
Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…read more
Technogym is the leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field all over the world. With 2,200 employees, 14 branches in Europe, U.S., South America, Asia and Australia, Technogym exports its…read more
Turnstile Entry Systems and Access Control Centaman Entrance Controls’ Award Winning Range of Access Control Systems includes tripod & triarm turnstiles, speedgates, full height…read more
BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!