An exciting new public space off Warrigal Road, between the Holmesglen shopping strip and Glen Waverley railway line, has opened for public use.
A key feature of the space is a bouldering (climbing) wall providing lots of fun and fitness challenges for all ages. Watch the video below of climber Mark Heighton trying out the wall.
The Holmesglen Activation Project was a joint initiative between Council and the State Government. The cost of the project is $395,000 with the State Government contributing $250,000 through the Public Safety Infrastructure Grants Program, part of the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program. Council is contributing $145,000.
The project was developed following consultation between community groups in the Ashwood/Chadstone area, Victoria Police, local traders, the Holmesglen Institute, Ashwood, Ashburton and Chadstone Public Tenants Group and local residents.
For more information, please contact Emma-Louise Smith, Place Manager, on Emma-Louise.Smith@monash.vic.gov.au.
See the bouldering wall video below:
About the project
The project will feature:
- An upgrade to a shared bike/pedestrian path to encourage more walking and cycling between the Holmesglen shopping strip and the local neighbourhood
- A new public space including an urban park with a rest and conversation area, multi-generation playspace, shade trees and garden
- The multi-generational playspace will include a bouldering wall, bike maintenance station, bike racks and shaded spectator seating areas
- Artwork to prevent graffiti and create a visual feature for the site.
A media release on the project can be viewed here
The project was developed following consultation between community groups in the Ashwood/Chadstone area, Victoria Police, local traders, the Holmesglen Institute, Ashburton, Ashwood and Chadstone Public Tenants Group and local residents.
Safety surveys were completed by a number of people accessing the Port Phillip Housing Association social housing in Ashwood, Public Housing, Power Neighbourhood House, Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre and Berengarra schools.
The survey found that people were concerned about safety at the site.
The City of Monash Community Safety Framework 2015-20 identified the top three most important aspects of community safety as:
- Feeling safe is critical for enjoying the community
- Wanting to feel safe while out walking in one's own neighbourhood
- Preventing violence against women and children.
The project will provide a safe and attractive place for people to meet, engage in a positive way with their community, improve perceptions of safety and boost community pride.
For more information, please call Jaya Manchikanti, Place Manager Ashwood & Chadstone , on 9832 5802.