Please use the below links to access documentation regarding the Open Space Strategy 2016:
Different kinds of open space
Each type of open space in our municipality has a specific role to play – depending on its size, location and character.
- State open space – of significant to the State Government (Plenty Gorge Park, Yan Yean Reserve)
- Regional open space – caters to a broader regional catchment (Merri Creek, Darebin Creek Linear Trails)
- Municipal open space – provides for the recreational needs of the municipality (Harvest Home Recreational Reserve, Redleap Reserve)
- Neighbourhood open space – provides facilities within walking distance of home or work (Mimosa Park in Mill Park, Lorne Park in Lalor, Botanica Park in Bundoora)
- Local open space – located within easy and safe walking distance from home or work, and provide enough space to have 2 activities in the 1 open space (Prince of Wales Parks in Mill Park, Silky Oak Park in Bundoora, Victoria Park in Thomastown)
- Small local open space – located within an easy and safe walk from home or work and smaller in size compared to local open space (Kellaway Crescent Park in Mill Park, Japonica Park in Bundoora)
- Small local link – provide improved connectivity between streets and open space. Usually less than .05 hectares in size, with a minimum width of 10 metres.
How do we decide what facilities are installed at a park?
We have established a guide for the rage of facilities and features that are appropriate in the different kinds of open space we have in the municipality.
This guides decisions made by us, developers and other agencies when undertaking future upgrades for existing open space and the establishment of new open space.
Public toilets in parks
Not all of our parks and open spaces feature public toilets.
When deciding whether a park or open space will include public toilets, we consider the size of the park and its uses, this is as the ongoing maintenance of public toilets can cost up to $150,000. Public toilets are also prone to vandalism and damage.
Public toilets are typically installed at parks and open space reserves that are classified as State open space or Regional open space.
Find your local public toilets.