New park to benefit from water grant

March 24, 2014 by  

Yarra City Council has been given a grant to help develop a new park in Richmond.

The park planned for Church Street will change a disused freeway ramp into a green space for local residents.

The site is 3,000 square metres and plans include seating, tree planting and feature lights along a bluestone plaza. There will also be a children’s play area and picnic site, as well as a large open lawn, while decking will enable visitors to enjoy views across the Yarra River.

As part of the development, the council has been given a grant of $162,500 from Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers scheme.

Part of the grant will be used to install water saving features, including irrigation pumps, storage tanks, and new technology that will see storm water being used to irrigate the park’s lawns.

The rest of the money will be used to fund an education programme reminding visitors of the importance of keeping the park clean and litter free to ensure rubbish is not swept down storm water drains.

Poster printing and flyer printing are good ways of sharing information with residents and could be used to explain how locals can help maintain their new green space.

The council is currently applying for planning permits and tendering the project. It is hoped that work will start on the new development in May.