West Street in Brunswick is one of the first locations for a brand new park to be delivered as part of our program: A Park Close to Home.
The land of this new park includes 1,3,5 ,7, 11 West Street and 29,31 Breese Street in Brunswick.
After completing a number of drop-in sessions and surveys with the local community, we have gathered ideas and suggestions and developed a draft Concept Plan for what the new park will look like.
Some of the key features of the new park include:
- Trees and plants
- Nature and adventure play elements
- Gardens for community use with composting and worm farm facilities
- Indigenous plantings and art, such as sculptures
- A sheltered barbecue area, drink bottle refill stations, bike parking, toilets and seating
- Water sensitive urban design elements
Following a community consultation and voting process, Bulleke-bek Park was voted the preferred name for the new park, with 64% of the votes. Bulleke-bek means Brunswick in Woi Wurrung language and was suggested by an Elder at the Wurundjeri Tribe Council. The Elder chose the name Bulleke-bek as the former Aboriginal name for Brunswick recorded by Alfred William Howitt (an anthropologist based in Gippsland) in his notebook, which is held by the Melbourne Museum. The name is believed to refer to the description ‘flat country with scattered trees’.
Park development update - February 2020
Construction has been delayed due to complexities during demolition. It is now expected that demolition will be completed early April, then construction can commence. Construction of the new park is expected to take 20 weeks, therefore completion is planned for September 2020.