The former workshop at the corner of Mt Alexander Road and Wellington Street will be transformed into a Pocket Park thanks to funding from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning announced on 24 May 2020.
We’ll post updates on this page.
Update: 8 July 2020
You may have seen some activity around the site, demolition is now complete and environmental assessment is ongoing.
Update: 22 June 2020
A former mechanics’ workshop will be transformed into a new pocket park for the Flemington community to enjoy.
The park will be built at the corner of Mt Alexander Road and Wellington street, and although small in size, will become a green oasis among the nearby schools, shops and tram stops.
Council bought the land at 177a Mt Alexander Road last year to use for public open space.
Now, thanks to funding from the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) it will become a reality.
Council successfully applied for $700,000 funding through DELWP’s Local Parks Program.
Before it can be built the workshop needs to be demolished. That’ll be happening over the next few weeks. The building, while eye-catching, wasn’t identified as having potential heritage value in the Heritage Gap Study 2014.
Given the site was formerly a petrol station, the next step will be identifying any necessary remediation works after the structures are removed. These initial works could take some months to carry out.
From there, we’ll have a better idea of what our Pocket Park could look like. We need to get it right and will be asking the community what you’d like to see in the park.
We hope to open Moonee Valley’s newest park in 2022 and will keep you updated along the way.
Quote attributable to Cr Samantha Byrne, Mayor of Moonee Valley
“Pocket parks aim to provide communities in dense, urban areas more green space and given Flemington is one of the more built up areas in our City, it’s really exciting to be able to deliver a new park to the suburb.”
Quote attributable to Cr Jim Cusack, Myrnong Ward
“We’re building a park for future generations of school students to enjoy, so there’s no one better than today’s youth to help design it. We’ll be asking young people as well as the wider community their ideas for the new park.”
Quote attributable to Cr Nicole Marshall, Myrnong Ward
“This is a win for the community and the environment. It’s all part of making Moonee Valley a green and beautiful city now and into the future.”
Quote attributable to Cr Cam Nation, Myrnong Ward
“Being so close to both Mount Alexander College and Flemington Primary, I can already envisage parents and children enjoying the pocket park before and after school, while commuters will have a great spot to sit while they wait for the tram.”