McConchie Reserve Revamp

Consultation has concluded

Thanks to everyone who participated in the McConchie Reserve Revamp project!

We heard a wide range of views and ideas from local residents and park users during two rounds of community consultation in October 2016 and February 2017.

One of the most popular suggestions from the community was to add a basketball half court to McConchie Reserve. Following further community discussion, Council has decided to include the half court at the east end of the reserve, as per the draft concept plan.


View the Final Plan

You can view the final plan online.


Highlights of the Final Plan

  • Basketball half court to the east end of the reserve.
  • Fitness equipment to the south boundary of the park – including monkey bars, step ups, push ups, dips, leg lifts.
  • Picnic tables and new seats.
  • Retain the existing play equipment – no new play items.
  • No new shade – the shade sail would have been a significant structure added to the park (poles up to 6.5m high), and the existing trees will grow to provide shade to the play area.


Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this project, contact:
Kevin Ayrey, Landscape Architect
Phone: 9205 5770
Email: OpenSpace@yarracity.vic.gov.au

Thanks to everyone who participated in the McConchie Reserve Revamp project!

We heard a wide range of views and ideas from local residents and park users during two rounds of community consultation in October 2016 and February 2017.

One of the most popular suggestions from the community was to add a basketball half court to McConchie Reserve. Following further community discussion, Council has decided to include the half court at the east end of the reserve, as per the draft concept plan.


View the Final Plan

You can view the final plan online.


Highlights of the Final Plan

  • Basketball half court to the east end of the reserve.
  • Fitness equipment to the south boundary of the park – including monkey bars, step ups, push ups, dips, leg lifts.
  • Picnic tables and new seats.
  • Retain the existing play equipment – no new play items.
  • No new shade – the shade sail would have been a significant structure added to the park (poles up to 6.5m high), and the existing trees will grow to provide shade to the play area.


Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this project, contact:
Kevin Ayrey, Landscape Architect
Phone: 9205 5770
Email: OpenSpace@yarracity.vic.gov.au

Thanks for sharing your feedback on the draft plan for McConchie Reserve! 

Feedback closed on 1 March 2017. You can view the comments we received from the community below. 

CLOSED: Feedback on the draft plan has now closed.

I live opposite the park and have two young children, the ideas that have been put forward that I agree with are the seating, extra trees, the Shade cloth and definitely the Basketball half court - the court would enable many young children to play in a safe environment rather than on the road, it would also take the noise of the ball bouncing to the back of the park.

Andrew 8 months ago

I'm so excited about the proposed basketball court! I think it's the best improvement for kids my age, i;m 12 years old. We can't use the primary school courts because of the after care program which is filled with children after school. i don't believe a ring and a small section of asphalt will impact negatively on other park users. Then I could stop dribbling my ball on Mary St, which is dangerous. I don't understand why a ring needs to be located near other sporting activities and not integrated at the back of the park.

Lachlan42 8 months ago

Overall the design looks good. However, I would like to see the new gravel path along Mary Street connected as an extension to the Yarra Trail - that is, a shared path without sharp turns at the two ends. This would allow kids to ride off-road from the Yarra Trail to Richmond Primary School and Barkly Gardens.

Alyson 8 months ago

I think the plan looks great and its great to see something being done to the space. I think its important to include irrigation for the park, it really needs to be included in the plans. I'm not keen on the basketball courts given there are some so close by at the school. Perhaps putting courts where there are other sporting activities is a better idea - either near the soccer field or the climbing walls. Screening of the freeway with trees is great and extra seating is good too. I would definitely not want to see a BBQ area or toilets - there are enough nearby to be used.

RichmondLL 8 months ago

The plan looks great, something for everyone! A few people have already floated the idea of a BBQ and a Public toilet. Both I think would be well utilised by both park users and those using nearby facilities, such as the burnley climbing wall and yarra trail. Keeping the drinking fountain is a good idea too.

HP 8 months ago

I support the plan. We live opposite the school and the basketball court at the school get a lot of use and it is often hard for my teenage son and friends to get on there. I can also vouch that noise is not an issue, nor is behaviour despite many young adults utilising that space. Exercise equipment would be excellent.

MelFP 8 months ago

My family & I approve of the draft design for McConchie Reserve & think it is close to a 'perfect fit' to meet the needs of the wide range of park users of all age groups from the local community. Well done to Kevin, the landscape architect & his team and the City of Yarra!
The new shaded play equipment caters well for the younger children, with extra tables & benches situated under the canopy of those trees which are currently too low to enjoy their shade. The tables will provide both eating & outdoor writing/computer space.
The central open space has been preserved for dogs to run & to kick a football. The extra line of trees adds to the natural environment of the park & provides more of a sound buffer for the freeway noise. The suggested exercise equipment is excellent and I would like to see a plank of 40cm high for step ups. What I like the most, is the basketball court & the example of the multipurpose ring/soccer goals. I particularly like the 'rear’ location of the half court where it doesn’t intrude physically or visually on the other amenities the park has to offer.

I live directly opposite the park & have two teenage boys who dribble their basket balls on the road creating a traffic hazard, along with the other dozen children who live along this part of the street. They’re now primary aged kids who are independent and ride their scooters & bikes unsupervised along this dead end of the street. A paved area of the park will increase the safety & fitness of this age group.
In my opinion, there is a gap in the community in keeping tweens (7-12 year olds) & teenagers interested & active in the outdoors. This age group prefer to play in groups with their siblings & neighbours and are more likely to shoot hoops & kick soccer goals than complete repetitive exercise on a piece of fitness equipment that is more suited to an adult motivated to exercise independently.

Basketball is quickly becoming a very large sport in Richmond & there is no local public basketball court available for the club of the Richmond Riot’s use. Thus there is a lack of venues suitable for practice. The Primary school has an aftercare program & the court is not available for use after school hours. Our kids have attended this school for a long time & there has been no incidents of young adults drinking & creating noise in the dark, whilst shooting hoops!
Great job City of Yarra!

Tania 8 months ago

I approve of the draft at McConchie Reserve
I believe it has complemented and supported all age groups of the community.
The new play equipment caters beautifully for the younger children, and the extra trees and benches fits in well with the natural environment of the park.
The exercise equipment is excellent, and I suggest to add either a step up bench or plank of wood at 30 to 40 cm high.
I have three teenage boys, and what I have noticed is that the level of activity decreases as the demands in school increase. There is a gap in the community in keeping these boys interested in the outdoors and active. Their social life also changes as they get into high school, and it is necessary to have basketball rings and soccer goals, fitness equipment to flock too. The school near by is very busy now, and having the basketball ring north east of the park and tucked away will flow with the natural environment of the park as well as work towards absorbing noise of bouncing balls. This also gets them off the street as it is safety hazard in the neighbourhood and mitigates the risk of noise and hazards in the streets. This encourages teenage and younger adults/families to come together and enjoy the outdoors. Basketball has become a very large sport in the neighbourhood and City of Yarra do not have a basketball court available for use. Nor can they facility a Basketball stadium. I think this is an ideal spot for some shooting and fun games for our local kids. If anything it could be bigger.
Thank you for the opportunity to have our say.
Daniela Accary

Daniela 8 months ago

I would like to see our park kept low key, as this area is a sanctuary for local wildlife being right on the wetlands.It is a very unique area, close to the Yarra and being quiet.It brings people to the are that don't want the full on picnic/ BBQ /sports/ toilets/ personal trainers. Being on the smaller scale of things I don't think we need to crowd what space we have. I feel that the basket ball hoop area is unnecessary as we already have the local school that has courts that the community are welcome to use. If it is necessary to have it, place it either down near the climbing wall, or up in Barkley gardens near where the large power pole which was recently dug up. Also, we have enough problems with people from the climbing wall coming to/from cars without giving them more reason to hang around drinking and making a nusance of themselves .
Fitness equipment , keep it all together down in empty area near subway entrance so not taking up too much open space.
I would like to see an irrigation system that actually works installed , a few more seats put around the park, so you can sit and watch your children or dogs play.
Some screening around Transurban area and across the fence line so we screen out the power plant site( this was meant to be installed last time the park was given a facelift)
A few new bits of play equipment and shade cloth is a great idea, but don't make it a replica of Barkley gardens, let's enjoy our unique pocket of bush land with all the flora and fauna that we are all proud to live near.
We don't need to put more strain on this area when it comes to parking or park usage.

Long3121 8 months ago

We need a BBQ! The Barkly Gardens is now at full capacity, and we need one here. Many local families also would utilize it. McConchie Reserve needs a toilet! Why not install a "pod" (like the one on the corner of Lennox & Bridge rd). Many bike riders exit / enter the NATIONAL cycle trail at MARY STREET. You do realize that bike riders riding from the Melbourne CBD, through Richmond, ride the whole distance without their being a PUBLIC TOILET!!!!! Please put one in! The "Bouldering wall" nearby has up to 20+ young people attending mornings, daytime, and early evening (it has permanent lights on at night)... every day... I'm happy that it is well attended. But not people going to the toilet in the park (doing number 2s). There is toilet paper and more XXX left, (also guys urinate next to the picnic tables) PLEASE PUT IN A TOILET POD.....

Richmondboy 8 months ago

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Richmondboy 8 months ago

Like the proposed design that has taken shape. As a resident living opposite the park I am happy to see it get some love and a face-lift! Above all I think the park is a great place for animals, and it is good to see that the proposal seems to maintain a large area of the reserve as-is and dog-friendly. My 2C:

- Basketball court is a great idea

- The reserve would benefit from some additional acoustic/visual screening from the freeway. In particular I think the blue lights give off a bad night vibe.

- Others have mentioned a BBQ, this would be great! The BBQs at Barkly get used heaps, a BBQ at McConchie wouldn't gather dust.

- Gym equipment could work well, but keen to see specifics. Simple/static gymnastic equipment (e.g. bars, rings) might be more effective and less obtrusive than some of the more modern designed equipment.

Thanks for consulting the community in your design


Edit: Also if you have money left over you should definitely donate some to the burnley bouldering wall for new climbing holds!

MattWill 8 months ago

I think the playground equipment that is there at the moment is better than what has been proposed. There is already similar natural play items at Barkly Gardens. It would be far more fun for the kids if playground equipment like what is at Citizens Park was put in.

Gary 8 months ago

My family and I live opposite McConchie Reserve and we like the proposed design as it will make the reserve more functional and sociable. We like all the proposed features outlined in the design plan and would welcome there realization. There was some discussion at the community consultation that the basketball court would be noisy and encourage anti-social behavior such as drinking late at night. We didn't actually get to meet our neighbors would expressed this view but I would be interested to know if the council has any evidence to show that basketball hoops are associated with such behavior. If so, I wouldn't have thought it would be proposed in the first instance. My suspicion is that there probably isn't a correlation given that these problems don't appear to exist at the basketball court at Richmond Primary School just a few hundred meters down Mary Street. Also given that there is no proposed lighting on the court I don't think it will attract anyone after dark. As for the noise of the bouncing ball we put it to the test and sent our kids over there with a basketball and you can't hear any bouncing sounds over the ambient traffic noise. I imagine the use of a material like astro or rubber turf like they have at the school and Barkly Gardens would dampen any noise even at close proximity. We particularly like the idea of the basketball court as a number of local children have taken to playing sports on Mary Street because it's the only hard surface nearby and I worry about the chance of a vehicle collision given the increasing number of cars that come tearing down from Yorkshire Street looking for parking or thinking its a through road cut-through. It will be much safer for everyone to have a safe flat play area in McConchie Reserve.

Mike3121 8 months ago

I think the idea of the basketball ring with the soccer/hockey goals underneath is great. I would like to know what the half court surface will be made of?
The large grass area needs to be watered and better maintained. In summer it dies off and gets quite dusty.

Park 9 months ago

This park is really part of a sanctuary for animals. This park abuts another park with picnic tables, and exercise equipment (climbing walls). This park is a couple hundred metres from the basketball courts of the school. We have "professional trainers" taking over every park yet we build some equipment to make them even more intrusive. And please don't even pretend that you are picking up all the unlicenced ones. We have the oval up the road set aside for sports, PT etc.
Yet again we make humans the only focus of a revamp. Banquet tables and Basketball Courts. No sanctuary ..... noisy parties, sports events, crowds of people and a parking nightmare for Mary Street.
Then we get leash-free mingled in with "banquets". Because of the small park it is impossible not to. I defy any sociable dog not wanting to join a big noisy party 10 metres away. Many of us cannot take our dogs to the north end of Barkley Gardens because people insist on picnicking right on the north boundary of the "no-dog-off-leash" area or actually in the off-leash area. A dog approaches - even well controlled by its owner - and there is sometimes hysteria in the group of picnicker. So now we are doing it to McConchie - or of course - after complaints from party goers - it will be turned into a no-dog park.
Finally, it is amazing only the solutions that agree with the human take-over of this park were published on this page. I emailed a submission in keeping what I have written above. Wonder whether it was even considered. I never got a response except from a Councillor who asked if I got a response to which I replied in the negative. Do we really have "Community Consultation"? I doubt it.

SouthRichmond 9 months ago

I'm pleased that the playground area has the addition of new play equipment as well as shade area. The addition of bench seating and a water fountain for humans and their 4 legged friends is a good addition too.
A bocce court addition would be excellent, if not too late for the submissions.
Thank you.

Amanda S 9 months ago

This is a wonderful plan and we can't wait to see it come together.
I would concur that a BBQ and community veggie patch would be great inclusions. Perhaps the veggie patch could go in the largely unused section adjacent to the ramp down to the river?
:)

Uberstar 9 months ago

Hello, It looks great. I'm excited for the park to become more usable. I would like to second the BBQ and bocce court ideas. A community veggie patch would also be a nice idea.

Harvey 9 months ago

Quite happy with the design but I really do think there needs to be a large synthetic area for bowls etc adjacent to the basketball area. Parks are for adults as well as children. Having researched and worked in landscaping for local government the bigger the synthetic area the better. Glen Eira council for one has included a bowling green, bocce court and practice cage for golf. Having seen people practicing their golf at Alan Bain reserve I think a practice cage is necessary along with a lawn bowls area.

S.G. 9 months ago