Macaulay Park Proposed Improvements
Macaulay Park is a highly valued public open space in the Inglewood community. It provides a diverse range of social and play opportunities including a playground, barbeques and grassed areas for informal play and relaxation.
In December 2021 the City engaged with the local community to identify opportunities for the enhancement and activation of the park to better meet the need of all park users. This feedback has been vital in guiding and shaping the concept plan.
From the feedback received you told us that it’s important to provide a range of quality recreation experiences and that your top three ranked preferred amenities are an outdoor fitness zone, scooter path and 3-on-3 basketball. Feedback also highlighted the need for improvements to current play experiences and more barbecue facilities along with improved safety.
The City has taken on your feedback and is excited to share the proposed concept plan with you. We invite you to provide comments on the proposed upgrades and gain your views about the type of fitness equipment and the surface colour of the basketball court you would like to see.
The proposed new improvements include:
- 3 on 3 basketball court
- Outdoor fitness equipment/zone
- Scooter and tricycle path
- Nature play elements
- New reserve lighting; and
- Additional BBQ, new seating and tables.
We recognise we are seeking feedback from the community at a busy time of the year and hence we are leaving the consultation period open until 4 February 2024. We have also planned a drop-in session where you can meet with the City’s project team about the project at the park.
- Thursday 14 December 2023 from 4-5pm
- Thursday 18 January 2024 from 4-5pm
Share your feedback about the proposed recreational improvementsGet Involved
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Why is the City looking to improve Macaulay Park?
The City received feedback from the Inglewood community that the existing recreational amenities at Macaulay Park have a primary focus on young children and that there is a need to provide better recreational opportunities to activate the reserve. As such, the City is looking to improve the provision of recreational amenities at Macaulay Park to better support the community’s needs.
What does the proposed concept plan include?
Based on feedback from the community, the following amenities have been captured into a proposed concept plan for community feedback
- Outdoor fitness zone or exercise equipment (type to be determined by community feedback)
- Small scooter path
- 3-on-3 basketball with adjacent drinking fountain (surface colour determined by community feedback)
- Nature play
- Additional and upgraded recreational path lighting
- Additional bench seating
- New picnic table and barbeque
- Under tree pruning to improve reserve safety and surveillance
Proposed locations of the above amenities are provided in the concept plan.
Will the playground be upgraded?
The playground at Macaulay Park was upgraded in 2005 and is currently in good condition. On this basis, the City is not looking to upgrade the playground at this time. However, the community identified they would like to see more diverse play opportunities. We have included a new nature play area on the concept. The community will also be given a further opportunity to have their say on the playground upgrade when it is due for renewal.
Will there be additional park lighting installed? If so, does this extend the timing of use to later in the evening?
The existing lighting throughout the reserve will be improved. Existing lighting will be upgraded, and new lighting will be installed. The exact location of the lights may change following the development of more detailed design from an electrical engineer.
What are the proposed new key features of the park improvements identified on the concept?
Based on your feedback we have included a new 3-on-3 basketball court, a new fitness zone or exercise equipment stations, tricycle/scooter path, new nature play area, another barbecue, upgraded and new reserve lighting, new drink fountain to better support basketball users along with more seating and a picnic table.
Are you planting more trees?
Yes, more trees are planned to be planted around the reserve to improve shade, canopy cover and improve the parkland experience. The community has provided comment regarding a need to improve safety and surveillance around the reserve so the City will be undertaking some selective under pruning of trees in the zones identified on the concept.
Outdoor basketball court location and design features
We have located the court, approximately 120 metres away from the closest residential property and we will be using a noise attenuating backboard.
We are proposing to install a 3 on 3 basketball court for recreational use. It will not be fenced and it will be free for the community to practice their basketball skills. The court area dimensions will be approximately 18m x 14m. The area will not be lit for evening use.
Can we help determine whether you’ll install new fitness stations around the reserve or a dedicated fitness zone?
Yes, The City has have outlined two options with one being a centrally located dedicated fitness zone or exercise equipment placed around the reserve. These are identified on the concept plan.
Does the concept plan include water-play?
A number of requests were received for waterplay which will be considered as part of future playground renewal. The City is looking to balance providing better play experiences whilst ensuring we use our water resources wisely.
What colour basketball court and type of outdoor fitness equipment would you like to see?
The City is keen to let the community choose the type of outdoor exercise equipment and the surface colour of the 3-on-3 basketball court. These decisions will be determined by community feedback, so get involved via the survey or contact the City directly.
Will you let us know what happens after you have considered all the feedback?
Yes, the City will update this project page and those who provided feedback to ensure you are kept informed
When will the improvements be happening?
Following community feedback we are hoping to commence construction in the new year however we’ll keep the community updated using signage on site and through our website.
How many trees will be removed?
At this time the proposed landscape works will not require the removal of any trees. A Qualified Tree Risk Assessment has been undertaken as part of the design development.
New tree planting is proposed to be included as part of the landscape works. These are identified on the concept plan.
What do you mean by selective under pruning?
Selective under pruning of trees will be undertaken with the aim to improve reserve safety and maintain an open line of sight throughout the reserve including the new proposed recreational amenities.
The City will implement the recommendations of the Qualified Tree Risk Assessment in regards to under pruning and any other required tree works.
Community feedback round 1
Community feedback round 2
December 2023 – January 2024
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