People-power fuelled park opens in Footscray

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Stage 1 of Southampton Park is now open in Footscray.

Stage 1 of Southampton Park is now open at the back of the Western Private Hospital at the bottom of Swan and Southampton Streets in Footscray.

This former carpark has been transformed into green open space for recreation and local neighbourhood use. 
 
People enjoying open space in the park

Official opening of the park, 20 February 2016. Photo credit: Luke Di Piola

The park was officially opened by Deputy Mayor of Maribyrnong, Cr Catherine Cumming on 20 February.

45 local residents turned up to enjoy a coffee and morning tea provided by the Council, and celebrate this new community park which includes a playground, bird boxes, lots of green grass and areas to sit and just relax.

People listening to Deputy Mayor, Cr Catherine Cumming
 
Deputy Mayor, Cr Catherine Cumming opens the park. Photo credit: Luke Di Piola

The decision to create the park was influenced by local residents who became the Southamption Park Residents Group when they saw the opportunity to transform an asphalt car park into green, open space for the community.

Caroline Hardy, a member of the Southampton Park Residents Group, has three recommendations for others involved in a community open /green space project:

  • Don’t give up
  • Treat Council with respect, and
  • Be patient.

What a fantastic example of locals leading the charge of #greeningthewest !

You can read the full article and Caroline Hardy’s tips on our Greening the West website.