Wattle Park upgrades
Wattle Park is a much-loved park with significant natural and cultural heritage and provides an important connection to nature in a suburban landscape.
Some of the facilities, including the playground, have been well-loved for many years and need updating.
This project involves replacing the existing playground with a nature-based, all-abilities playscape, building a 3.25 km running and walking track and making upgrades to the picnic area at Wattle Park.
This project is part of the $154 million Suburban Parks Program which aims to support community health and wellbeing.
Parks Victoria is finalising the designs for this project, following two rounds of community consultation in 2020 and 2021.
Visitors to Wattle Park will enjoy a better experience thanks to new picnic facilities, an extended and upgraded walking track, improved pathways and road connections and an amazing playscape for plenty of family fun for everyone.
Wattle Park has significant natural values, including significant trees, vegetation and animal species. These natural values will be celebrated in the playscape, and the undulating hilly terrain will feature as part of the walking and running track.
The upgrades at Wattle Park will provide opportunities for people of all ages, fitness levels and abilities to get active and connect with nature in the park. The designs for the playscape and running track have been designed in consultation with the community and we are taking the community’s ideas and preferences into consideration for the final designs.
This project is being made possible thanks to the following funding:
- $4.3 million from the Victorian Government's $154 million Surburban Parks Program.
- $850,000 from the Victorian Government’s Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program
The project will deliver the following new facilities and upgrades at Wattle Park:
- A nature-based playscape which has been designed to cater for all ages and abilities. The playscape will feature swings, spinners, water play, a sensory garden and a tram fort! The new playscape will replace the existing playground at the park.
- A 3.25 km running and walking track, complete with signage and supporting facilities. The purpose-built track will feature natural forest and undulating hill terrain. Existing walking tracks and connections will be upgraded to create the complete track.
- Upgrades to the Wattle Park picnic area, including new BBQs, picnic shelters and tables.
- Improvements to the road and carpark on Monsborough Drive.
To learn more about the engagement process or to view the findings from the community consultation undertaken for this project, visit Engage Victoria.
Below are the estimated timelines for this project, subject to on-ground conditions.
October 2021: Community consultation findings released (complete)
Early 2022: Final designs released
Early 2022: Construction commences
Late 2022: Construction complete
This timeline will be updated as the project progresses.
Environment and cultural heritage management
Wattle Park has significant natural and cultural heritage which has been considered throughout this project.
We have worked closely with Wurundjeri -Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation on this project, seeking their input on the designs and ensuring the cultural heritage values of this land are protected.
We have undertaken extensive environmental assessments, including a flora and fauna assessment and an arborist assessment of potentially impacted trees. The playscape and running track are being designed to have a low impact on the environment. The playscape design weaves around existing trees and vegetation and the running track design uses existing trails for most of the upgrades. Throughout the construction period we will work with our contractors to ensure environmental impacts are minimised wherever possible.
Who are we working with?
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is the main partner for this project.
Parks Victoria is also working with Wurundjeri -Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation and has sought input from the community, Friends of Wattle Park, Wattle Hill residents and Whitehorse City Council on this project.
As of December 2021, there are no access changes at Wattle Park.
While Wattle Park will stay open during construction, we will need to temporarily close or change access to some facilities while we make these upgrades. Visitors will notice the following changes during construction:
- The existing tram playground will be closed and replaced with an exciting new playscape.
- The BBQs and picnic shelters at the picnic ground will be temporarily closed.
- Sections of the existing walking track will be closed in stages for resurfacing.
- The Wattle Park car park will temporarily have fewer car spaces available to park your car.
- We’ll be undertaking night works to do upgrades to the road on Monsborough Drive to reduce traffic disruption during the day.
- While we’ll do our best to keep the noise down, visitors will notice some noise impacts.
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Why are you upgrading the playground?
Wattle Park is well loved and more than 20 years old. As a result, a lot of the play equipment is deteriorating, and needs replacing. The new playscape will be safe and accessible, will meet visitor expectations, and will be a nature play environment for children and families of all ages and abilities to enjoy.
Will Wattle Park be closed during construction?
While the park will stay open during construction, we will need to temporarily close or change access to some facilities while we make these upgrades. All closed areas will be marked by onsite signage and site fencing.
Was the community consulted on the designs for the playscape and running/walking track?
Yes. The designs for the new facilities have been developed in collaboration with the community, and are being finalised following two rounds of community consultation in 2020 and 2021. Altogether, we heard from community through over 700 surveys, 500 vision cards and 4 online sessions.
The engagement findings from the consultation, including how they are shaping the designs, on this project are available on Engage Vic.
When will the upgrades be finished?
We expect construction to be completed in late 2022, subject to on site conditions.
How will the heritage of the area be considered?
Wattle Park is a popular park with significant natural and cultural heritage values. The park is included on the Victorian Heritage Register. As an important part of what makes Wattle Park special, heritage has been considered in the designs. We are also working closely with Heritage Victoria to ensure that the proposed works align with the heritage of the park.