Roads to Parks

Vincent mayor Emma Cole dropped in with the council’s new engineering director Andrew Murphy (right) and parks co-ordinator Ian Ellies (left) this week to check the ongoing work to double the size of the neighbourhood park at the end of Hyde Street.

Beefing up the little reserve is a pilot project for the council’s new “Roads to Parks” initiative, which Ms Cole says is part of a “commitment to more parks and open space, and was an idea pitched to us by passionate locals living close by”.

The section of road being converted, at the Hyde Street/Forrest Street intersection, was pretty low use, only getting an average of 128 cars per day, which can easily be redistributed with a “negligible” effect on surrounding streets. Works will continue for a couple months and the revamped park is scheduled to open in April.

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