The 8000 square metre Montague Park is equivalent to two and half times the size of Melbourne’s City Square and is diagonally opposite the new South Melbourne Ferrars Street primary school under construction.
Jointly purchased with the City of Port Phillip, the park will provide the growing Fishermans Bend community and the students at the adjacent primary school with much needed open space to support a healthy and active lifestyle.
Development of the park will be staged, with grass, seating, lighting, trees, footpaths and basic amenities upon opening in mid-2018, followed by consultation with the local community to determine what other elements are needed to support a wide range of recreational activities and uses.
The new park is a key part of the Ferrars Street Education and Community Precinct, a catalyst project for Fishermans Bend that provides more public space, community services and facilities for the growing community.
The precinct features Victoria’s first vertical primary school which is on track to open in 2018. The school integrates multi-purpose community facilities including a long day care kindergarten, maternal and child health service, multi-purpose rooms and sports courts available for the wider community.
To improve safety, accessibility and connections to the surrounding area, upgrades to nearby tram stops and street intersections will be carried out together with adjacent streetscaping.
Work on the precinct is progressing well – the Ferrars Street and City Road intersection upgrade will be completed in August and the tram stop upgrades will be completed by the end of the year. The streetscape works will start later this year and continue into 2018.
The project marks the transformation of the old industrial site into a new and vibrant area for the precinct and growing Fishermans Bend community.
It is being delivered through a partnership between the Victorian School Building Authority, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads, VicTrack and City of Port Phillip.
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