Community Land Start Up Package site selection
Merlynston Creek Park Coburg North, was selected for local groups to use our land and bring community projects to life.
Our Community Land Start Up Package is designed to help you deliver your project and enhance neighbourhood health and wellbeing.
Local community groups and residents were invited to apply for the Community Land Start Up Package for the activation of the Merlynson Creek Park site. We received a number of complementary ideas and invited all creative applicants and willing helpers to attend two workshops to develop the ideas further.
Community planning workshops
We held the first workshop with the creative applicants and willing helpers who wanted to work together to make Merlynston Creek Park a more loved, safer and community owned space. It was fantastic to see so much enthusiasm and brilliant ideas to achieve this.
The second workshop held on Saturday 8 September 2018, was spent bringing all of the amazing ideas together to create a plan for activation of the site that would meet everyone's ideas and aspirations for the area. The group worked collaboratively to develop their vision for the site, which was:
“Engage community to create a place that is safe and that people love and want to spend time.”
The project "Parktopia" (which is also part of the public art festival of Moreland November -December 2018 ) was seen as a great way to begin the activation of the site.
The Parktopia project was a series of art and environment workshops in the local Pascoe Vale North Primary School which focussed on the kids ideas on how to turn the park into a thriving, living place space for all to enjoy. The Parktopia project was celebrated with the presentation of Merlynston Creek Park as a thriving living play space - a site activation by children, artists and community on Friday 16th November 4.30- 6.30pm.
The first week of planning for Parktopia was in school and focussed on exploring the history and heritage of Merlynston Creek Park. The students participated in a smoking ceremony on site with Wurundjeri elder Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin and listened to stories connecting them to country. In the following weeks the students were involved in design activities which engaged them in imaginative processes to reimagine the park.
Site features and inspiration
Take a 360 view of the site and click circles for ideas!
Find more in the document library, like detailed maps and site information.