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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2011
Victoria Park – the green heart
of our city
Did you know that Ballarat’s Victoria Park and Lake Wendouree form an
area that is equivalent in size to Central Park in New York?
To have such an expanse of parkland in the heart of a regional city is almost
unheard of. Covering 130 ha, Ballarat's Victoria Park is a priceless recreational
treasure. Council is keen to safeguard and maximise the potential of this
unique asset and as such is about to start a series of conversations with the
community about how Victoria Park could be better used and protected.
The Victoria Park Community Visioning project aims to set the direction for
the Park for at least the next quarter of a century. Council currently has a
broad management plan for Victoria Park, however this plan doesn’t capture
the potential of the Park, nor does it outline which parts are working well
and how to better use areas that are currently under-used.
Amongst the 130 ha of tree lined avenues and large open spaces are
significant native grasslands, clumps of single species trees and numerous
facilities which promote both active and passive recreational uses.
The northern precinct of Victoria Park contains a formal network of roads with
avenues of street trees separating large expanses of grassed areas, ovals
and clump plantings of large trees. The northern section is visually unified as
there is a consistent landscape theme and infrastructure including sporting
facilities, two ornamental lakes, public toilets, BBQ shelters, a playground
and major entrance signs.
The southern part of the park is bordered by avenues of mature poplar,
plane, pine and quercus trees and is far less established. This section of
parkland has incomplete roads, poor entrances, and areas that have been
fenced off from public use. Consequently the southern precinct has a much
lower profile and is not well used by the community.
Council will start the consultation process by holding a number of community
meetings to discuss the existing plans for the park and whether they reflect
what the community wants from Victoria Park.
Council will also start a range of activities to revitalise the space, including
new community tree planting activities, guided walks interpreting the natural
and historic features, and production of information identifying the park’s
attributes, opportunities and the constraints around its future use and
The various sporting and community clubs and groups that use Victoria Park
will also be consulted to determine patterns of use and future needs.
For more information on the Victoria Park Community Visioning project contact
Council's Manager Recreation and Open Space Planning Ashley Pittard on
5320 5739 or email email@example.com
Below: Cr Judy Verlin at Victoria Park. Council will hold a number of community meetings to gain community feedback on the future of Victoria Park
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