- Construction begins. Access to Eastern Reserve closed to the public.16 Jan 2023
- Eastern Reserve reopens for public use.28 Feb 2023
- Construction complete26 Mar 2023
Why are we doing this?
We recently upgraded Eastern Reserve to ensure the ground cover continues to act as a barrier to contaminated soil throughout the park. Eastern Reserve grass was also in a poor condition owing to shade and heavy use.
The intention of this project was to create a more useable park surface.
From 6 Nov until 16 Nov 2022, we asked the community for feedback on possible changes to Eastern Reserve. During this time, we held an online survey and had staff on site doing intercept surveys.
Who we heard from
- 112 responses were received
- Responses were received from 84 unique IP addresses, indicating that some households responded more than once (11 responses came from 1 IP address)
- 55 per cent of respondents attend the park more than once a week
- 65 per cent of respondents attend the park with a dog
What we heard
- Neither option received a significantly high level of support from respondents.
- People who didn’t bring a dog to the park were very unsupportive of either option for surface covering (87 per cent Option 1 and 74 per cent for Option 2)
- People who brought a dog to the park were more supportive of Option 2 – combination granitic and turf.
- People who brought a dog to the park were supportive of a combination of natural and manufactured dog play elements.
Following consultation, we are starting works on this park in January 2023 with the following improvements:
- Reinstatement of two grass areas to granitic sand.
- Reinstatement of one area with an upgraded turf surface.
- An upgrade to the existing irrigation system.
- Extension of the mulch under the trees for improved tree health and water conservation in tree root zone.
- Relaying of existing bluestone edging to path.
- Asphalt paths to new levels.
- New park benches.
The grassed area of Eastern Reserve North will be re-opened on 21 May 2023, to allow turf establishment from installation. The grass surface will be more resilient than the previous surface however it will not be open all the time as the wear and tear on grass in a small local park does not allow the grass to continue to thrive.
Alternative nearby off-leash dog parks include Albert Park, M.O. Moran Reserve, Gasworks Park and Kingsway fenced dog park. To find off leash dog parks, go to: 2020-copp_dog-off-leash-map_parks-and-reserves_1120.pdf (portphillip.vic.gov.au)
The goal of this project was to provide a more permanent solution by introducing a granitic sand surface. Granitic sand is a hardy solution that works well in shaded areas, drains well and is easy to maintain.