Elms Court Park
Moreland City Council, Gowanbrae, 2014
Pollen Studio was engaged by Moreland City Council for the design and documentation of Elms Court Park, Gowanbrae, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. The park sits within the Gowanbrae Openspace Development and Management Plan which Pollen Studio completed mid 2013. The parkland is a wedge between the Western Ring road and the community of Gowanbrae.
Through consultation coordinated by Moreland City Council, Pollen Studio collected feedback that fed largely into the requirements Elms Court Park. Requests for sports areas (in particular cricket and AFL), community gardens, fitness and mixed age group play where raised as items to be included in the concept.
The existing playground on site is to be relocated and renovated to sit within the greater park, which in turn will provide a reconfigured carpark with direct access from Elms Court. The renovated playground will include natural play elements that will be incorporated into the existing structured mounds creating a greater sense of exploration for children. Lockable multi-courts, cricket nets, basketball halfcourt and fitness equipment will provide sporting activities for people of multiple ages. Within the future stages of the project, an AFL kick-about area and BMX track are proposed north of the site.
Neighbouring onto a retirement village, a community garden with fruit tree orchard will provide a shared productive space. The path network connects with the greater Western Ring Road shared path giving residents walkable access to the greater community.
The project has been designed over 3+ stages, though is flexible for council to build as funding becomes available.