Moonee Valley Councillor Rose Iser met with the excited residents of Unley Grove in Ascot Vale last month (pre-lockdown) to celebrate the allocation of $20,000 funding to enhance their pocket park as part of Council’s 2021-22 Annual Budget.
The funding comes after a submission from passionate local residents during the Draft Budget consultation process, which ran during April and May this year.
Residents and families from the quiet grove came together with plants, watering cans, garden gnomes and some of their four-legged friends to celebrate the successful budget submission and share their excitement for the future of the outdoor space.
The additional funding allows the park to remain in community hands for years to come and supports residents as they customise the space with a kitchen garden and thriving greenery.
Cr Iser said the project is a great example of Council being supporting community led initiatives, where a group of residents comes together to take responsibility for a project in their local area and Council partners with them to bring it to life.
The announcement comes as another step towards achieving Council’s long-term community vision MV2040 themes for a Green and Beautiful city, which aim to make Moonee Valley a great place to live, work and play.
Pocket parks have been popping up across Moonee Valley to enhance streetscapes and create more open space opportunities for the community to enjoy.
Other locations include Flemington Pocket Park, Pattison Street Pocket Park, and Strathaird Reserve Pocket Park.
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