About the project

Heidelberg Park with its mature trees, historic values and diverse topography has a unique charm which attracts local residents, workers and visitors to the area.

It is a large parcel of public open space approximately 14 hectares in size located within the Heidelberg Activity Centre. Park facilities include a network of paths, an oval, pavilion, carpark, toilets, rotunda and picnic facilities. Salt Creek also meanders through the centre of the park.

Heidelberg Park is one of many interconnected parks and reserves located along the Yarra River that provide both active and passive recreational opportunities. Heidelberg Park is a Crown Allotment and Banyule City Council is the Committee of Management.

With projected population growth in the area, it's anticipated that the park will increase in popularity and we need to plan for this now.

The Heidelberg Park Master Plan will guide the future improvement, maintenance and management of the park. It will ensure that Heidelberg Parks heritage and cultural values are preserved and that we continue to provide a high quality, sustainable, accessible, safe, inclusive and well-maintained park that promotes health and wellbeing.

This project aligns with the Council Plan (2017 - 2021) key direction 3.4, 'to provide great public and open spaces', and further fulfills recommendation 7 (p33) of the Public Open Space Plan Technical Report (2016 – 2031), 'to prepare a master plan for Heidelberg Park'.

Our approach

To ensure the vision for the Heidelberg Park Master Plan is a reflection of your needs, aspirations and expectations, we will be undertaking a three stage community consultation program, offering pop-up information sessions and online workshops for you to have your say. We are also engaging with internal Council departments and external stakeholders including Wurrundjeri woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Heidelberg Junior Football Club, Heidelberg West Football Club, West Heidelberg Cricket Club and Wild Stride Fitness.

The three stage community consultation programs include:

Stage One: Vision and Priorities - we want to understand your experiences, usage and ideas to improve Heidelberg Park;

Stage Two: Draft Heidelberg Park Masterplan - using your feedback from stage one, we will develop a master plan for you to have a look at and provide feedback on; tell us what you like, what you don't like and if there are any gaps and opportunities for improvement;

Stage Three: Public exhibition of the draft Heidelberg Park Master Plan - using your feedback from stage two, we want to know, did we get it right? This is the final stage before the master plan goes to Council for consideration for adoption.

We have also completed a feature and level survey, arboriculture report, background report, site analysis and heritage and cultural investigation for Heidelberg Park.

Have your say

Background

History of the site

Heidelberg Park is of local historic, aesthetic and social significance for the City of Banyule:

Historical significance: It was one of the first suburban parks in Melbourne, and is associated with Thomas Wills and the 1867 Aboriginal cricket team and with Guilfoyle who visited the site in 1882 to provide advice on design.

Aesthetic significance: For the landscape of the steep Salt Creek Valley and large number of surviving tall conifers with a sub-theme of deciduous exotic trees from the 1880's. The 1915 grafted elms forming the 'Wishing Tree' entry to the park off Burgundy Street east are an example of an unusual horticultural practice. The steep embankment or ridge line separating Salt Creek from the rest of the park provides an attractive setting of enclosure for the sporting ground to the east.

Social significance: Its continuous use as a recreational site since the 1850's, including horse racing, sporting teams, picnicking and other community activities.