People hold the power in local park upgrade

The Yarra Council invited locals to have their say recently, and contribute ideas towards the redevelopment of Wangaratta Park.

The park, located on the corner of Wangaratta and Stewart Streets in Richmond, is set to undergo a $300,000 makeover later in the year.

From 23 January to 20 February the council opened up suggestions to the public, encouraging residents to voice their opinions about what should be featured in the new space.

Yarra Mayor Cr Amanda Stone has been delighted with the suggestions that have been submitted.

“We received more than 100 responses with a fantastic range of suggestions, including some that were quite inventive and ‘out-of-the-box’,” she said.

Recommendations were proposed via social media and in person at the council’s garden party, while others were hand-delivered to colourful ‘birdhouses’ that were installed in the park especially for this project.

Ideas ranged from more greenery and comfortable seating to bike racks, water fountains and extra parking.

As it stands, Wangaratta Park is a gravel-filled area, with minimal seating or greenery.

Cr Stone emphasised the importance of the redevelopment, to give locals a welcoming area to visit and socialise.

“Open spaces like this are valuable in Yarra, as they provide an opportunity for people who live and work in the area – especially people who live in apartments – to spend time outside and with their neighbours.”

The development is only in its early stages, with further planning to follow in the coming months.

Colourful Birdhouse located at the Wangaratta Park. Photo: Marnie Cohen.

Cr Stone aims to continue community involvement throughout the entire project, with plans to hold further feedback sessions and constant updates through the development process.

“The next step in the project is to gather those ideas and consider them in more detail at a workshop involving local residents, business owners and workers,” she said.

“From there, we aim to develop a design concept to be distributed for further community feedback.”

To keep up to date with the latest upgrades taking place at Wangaratta Park, click here.

Written by Marnie Cohen

Marnie Cohen

Marnie is a 22-year-old Deakin Journalism student, who is about to head into her final year of study. She’s combined her love for writing and passion for AFL, fashion, beauty, and local news to bring you exciting stories, brilliant new discoveries and strong opinions.

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