New parkland for Officer
Cardinia Shire Council is seeking community input to develop a master plan for a new park in Officer.
The park will become a passive recreation space – more than 10 hectares of parkland – and is envisaged to become a district park, incorporating pathways and bridges to surrounding development and with water sensitive urban design that provides links to local waterways.
Council’s Open Space Team Leader Kevin Alexander said Council will work with landscape architecture consultancy Playce to gather ideas from the community before embarking on designing the master plan for this new and exciting recreation space.
“Council is really excited about this master plan. It is the first significant open space plan for this area and will set the tone for the surrounding development. We hope to bring together as many ideas as possible from the community so that the park reflects the needs of both the local and wider Cardinia Shire community.
“The master plan may identify opportunities for native and indigenous plant displays, boardwalks, paths and viewing platforms, and informal spaces for play and ‘kick-about’ activities. We’re planning to include barbecues, toilets and shaded areas, car parking, and possibly even public art and community gathering spaces,” Kevin said.
The community are encouraged to share their ideas and have input into developing the master plan in two ways: by attending a drop-in session or by completing Council’s online survey.
A drop-in session will be held in the forecourt of the Arena Shopping Centre on Saturday 23 July from 10am to 1pm. Inspirational parkland and play space images will be available for review and Council officers and representatives from Playce will record ideas. Attendees will be encouraged to vote on their favourite ideas for inclusion in the parkland master plan.
A survey is also available online. The survey closes on 31 July.
The site for the new parkland is to the north-east of Officer town centre, within the Cardinia Road Precinct Structure Plan area of the Casey-Cardinia Growth corridor.