New place to play in West Footscray
Published on 11 March 2021
There’s a new place to play in West Footscray with works recently completed on the installation of a trial pop up park in Clarke Street.
The temporary park was installed following a community call for increased green space in the area and will be in place over the next 18 months after which it will be reviewed. The north end of Clarke Street has been closed during this trial period and the space features colourful blocks for seating and climbing, quality astro turf where shoppers can meet and relax.
A pop up park for Clarke Street was first raised by the community as part of the West Footscray Neighbourhood Plan in 2018. Feedback at that time also called for improved connections to Cross Street, improved bicycle connections to Carmichael Street and Cross Street and more trees. Council undertook follow up talks with Barkly Village traders and interest groups in early-2020 in regards to the improvements requested in 2018 for Barkly Village and in mid-2020 undertook broader community engagement with more than 91 per cent of community respondents supporting a pop up park.
With strong community support for safer and improved connections to Barkly Street, Council is exploring further detail design and will undertake future discussion with interested groups to bring more cyclists and foot traffic into Barkly Village before implementing changes.
The improvements are in line with the vision for the West Footscray Neighbourhood Plan 2018, creating ‘a well-connected, vibrant, sustainable and green. The park was funded by the State Government through the Neighbourhood Activity Centre Renewal Fund from Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.
Mayor, Cr Michael Clarke:
There’s a lot to love in West Footscray, especially Barkly Street with it’s great cafes and restaurants and now we’ve added an extra element of fun at the request of our residents. Come and have a play!