Yarra City Council endorses upgrade of Charles Evans Reserve

Yarra City Council
Drawing of people enjoying themselves at a park on a sunny day

At the Council Meeting on Tuesday 18 June, Council endorsed the final draft Concept Design for upgrading Charles Evans Reserve.

In February, we asked the community to share their feedback on a draft Concept Design to upgrade the reserve. This followed on from an initial consultation in August and September 2023. Thank you to everyone who contributed during both stages of community engagement.

Some of the key elements of the design that received support included: a better use of the existing playground space, providing play facilities for a wider age range of children and expanding the park into Cubitt Street to create a new multi-sport area.

Play space design

We’re working closely with a playground designer and play expert to create a customised play solution that will deliver the same or increased range of play opportunities as the existing playground. The final design of the play space will include:

  • A brand new play equipment combination unit with toddler slide
  • A basket swing suitable for different ages and abilities to play on
  • More nature-play options for young minds to explore and discover
  • The play equipment will be easily accessible from the shared path while being separated from dog walking and other activities.

Proposed expansion of the reserve into Cubitt Street

As part of this consultation, we proposed that the Cubitt Street entrance be relocated further south, allowing the lawn area to be securely fenced and improving accessibility.

The southern end of Cubitt Street would be closed to vehicle traffic, creating space for a multi-sport area for sports such as basketball, soccer, four-square, and a rebound wall.

This suggested change received strong support from the community (77%).

Council will now undertake a traffic and parking study in the local area around Charles Evans Reserve.

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