St Johns Wood Boulevard - A new park being planned for the area

The City is now developing a park at the undeveloped public open space (POS) west of the old Swanbourne Hospital on St Johns Wood Boulevard. The park is being developed in partnership with Aegis Aged Care who are developing the old Swanbourne Hospital site.

Planning involved identifying and researching a range of topics. Issues related to the natural and built environment, water quality and conservation, climate change, amenity, accessibility, potential community uses and ensuring the park is fit for purpose.

The next step was to develop a draft concept plan for the proposed park facilities which was presented to the community during the community engagement phase. Following the community engagement, the plan was further updated and presented to the Council for approval.

The development of the park design is aligned with similar sized parks, and addresses current and future management and service limitations.

Council have now approved the plans and work is progressing. The next steps will be further community engagement on the proposed playground, installing a public art piece and naming of the park.

How can you get involved, find out more or provide feedback?

To participate in this project, please register using the Register to get Involved tab above. It is important that you register (if not already registered). This will enable you to receive ongoing updates on the project. You can continue to watch the progress of this project by:

  • Taking a walk to the site and see work progressing
  • Reading the project updates on the newsfeeds
  • Ask us a question by using the Ask Us a Question tab and we will respond
  • Contact a member of the Project Design Team (see Who's Listening on this page)

The City is now developing a park at the undeveloped public open space (POS) west of the old Swanbourne Hospital on St Johns Wood Boulevard. The park is being developed in partnership with Aegis Aged Care who are developing the old Swanbourne Hospital site.

Planning involved identifying and researching a range of topics. Issues related to the natural and built environment, water quality and conservation, climate change, amenity, accessibility, potential community uses and ensuring the park is fit for purpose.

The next step was to develop a draft concept plan for the proposed park facilities which was presented to the community during the community engagement phase. Following the community engagement, the plan was further updated and presented to the Council for approval.

The development of the park design is aligned with similar sized parks, and addresses current and future management and service limitations.

Council have now approved the plans and work is progressing. The next steps will be further community engagement on the proposed playground, installing a public art piece and naming of the park.

How can you get involved, find out more or provide feedback?

To participate in this project, please register using the Register to get Involved tab above. It is important that you register (if not already registered). This will enable you to receive ongoing updates on the project. You can continue to watch the progress of this project by:

  • Taking a walk to the site and see work progressing
  • Reading the project updates on the newsfeeds
  • Ask us a question by using the Ask Us a Question tab and we will respond
  • Contact a member of the Project Design Team (see Who's Listening on this page)
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The proposed landscaping fails in a number of important areas :-
Water conservation - lawns should be eliminated and native trees and shrubs should be used thereby saving water
Low maintenance - without lawns there will be less requirement for labour to maintain the park (helps to reduce council cost and thus rate increases)
Native bushland - attach native birds and provide habitat, good conservation practice
Playground - not sure if needed. I would suggest the council undertake a survey of similar playgrounds in the area to gauge usage rates, attendance etc. I would suggest more pathways and seating throughout

IanF about 1 year ago

We live next door and fully support the the idea of a children's playground within the park. All the playgrounds around this neighbourhood are somewhat small/mediocre. Shade sails or similar definitely required along with soft fall surface (synthetic). A range of play equipment to suit toddlers through to older kids welcomed. As for the proposed name - we vote Abbey Park or Montgomery Park.

Local Mum about 1 year ago

Hi The park design looks great. Could you consider deciduous trees on the Northern aspects to allow maximum light through to the lawn area in winter.
Name suggestion. The Nicola Horley Park. Nicola was a tireless councillor who made a real contribution to this area.

Thomas Family about 1 year ago

Re: St John’s Wood proposed park.
Being an active family of teenage children who live next door to Montgomery House
we strongly believe at a BASKET BALL hoop would be a huge advantage to the residents of this area for this location. Benefiting residents of all ages supporting and encouraging a healthy life style.

andrewdonna about 1 year ago