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THE PROJECT

It has been 20 years since any comprehensive planning occurred for the park as a whole and Melbourne has changed markedly in that time. A master plan is needed to set a 20 year vision for the park and guide it through the next stage of its history.

Goals and objectives

The purpose of a Master Plan is to provide a “big picture” vision to guide development over the next 20 years.

Goals

The goals of the project are to create a Park that is:

  • Inspiring and exciting, as well as peaceful and relaxing;
  • Treasured by the local communities and the community of Melbourne;
  • Relevant to a growing and changing population;
  • Generating revenue for the improvement of the park;
  • Working towards sustainability in terms of natural resource use, and
  • Able to respond to increasing and changing community pressures.

Images of the Park

Objectives

The objectives of the Master Plan will include:

  • Conserve, protect and interpret the natural, cultural and historical values of Albert Park;
  • Provide a strong, innovative and creative vision which captures and creatively interprets the essence, history and future of Albert Park;
  • Explore and enable opportunities for locals and visitors to have access to an inspiring and dynamic landscape that is relevant to a growing and changing population;
  • Define key orientation points, services and facilities in Albert Park and develop a plan which enhances vehicular, cycling and pedestrian circulation and improves connectivity and accessibility;
  • Provide a feasible, sustainable proposal which balances the pressures of increasing visitation and sporting demands with the need to maintain the highest quality visitor experience possible;
  • Provide a high quality, integrated analysis and master plan proposal for a functional, safe, legible, site responsive, sustainable and engaging outcome;
  • Explore the active and passive recreational opportunities of Albert Park and assess their ability to enhance the visitor experience, and
  • Consider Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles and the impacts of climate change.
Clubs, casual visitors, local residents and commercial operators will be consulted through various methods including meetings, on-line discussions and displays in the park.

The planning process

The planning process will be broken up into 10 stages. At 4 separate stages of this process the community will be given the opportunity to provide ideas, feedback and direction for the project. This will occur at stages 357 and 9.

Note: The current stage of the project is outlined in blue

THE PLACE

Victorians love Albert Park, with over 6 million visits made to the park each year. Covering 225 hectares and located just 3 kilometres from the centre of the city, Albert Park plays a vital role in making Melbourne so liveable.

A rich history

Albert Park contains a rich history which will inform the Albert Park Master Plan. The earliest record of the Park was by James Flemming in 1803, who described it to be salt lagoon about a mile long and quarter a mile wide. At this time, the land was occupied by Aboriginal tribes, clans and bands (Barnard and Keating 1996).

Albert Park was formally given its name in 1862 after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort. It was permanently reserved as a Public Park and officially “opened” in 1864. Over the years, the park has been subject to a range of negotiations between sporting interests, local community interests and government interests. 


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Views of South Melbourne

The park has always had a strong connection with   sports, but throughout the years has also had   additional uses. During World War Two, areas of the Park were sectioned off for military uses. From 1906-1950 a large portion of the Park was utilised as a rubbish tip.  Horse and cattle grazing within the bounds was the subject of contention for many years. Over the years, a number of educational facilities have been established on excised land on the park’s periphery.  


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Significant events in Albert Park’s history have attracted large amounts of people to visit the Park, including: horse racing and driving speedway races; the Australasian Tennis Championship (later became the Australian Open) held at the Albert Ground in 1905; welcome fireworks display for visiting American Fleet which attracted 200,000 people in 1908; Grand Prix in 1953; Hockey fields were used for Olympic Games in 1956; and a range of Fun Runs, marathons and festivals which continue in the Park today.


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Albert Park Lagoon (circa 1870) - Photograph C. Nettleton

The Park has been progressively improved over the years with a focus on improvements and additions to its structured recreational facilities, ovals and fields. The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre was built on excised land in  1996 and Lakeside Stadium was substantially rebuilt in 2011. 

Albert Park has been the subject of a number of Master Plans over the years, with the most recent being the 1994 ‘Albert Park: Realising the Vision’ Master Plan produced by Parks Victoria and Hassell Group. The new  master plan will draw on the park’s rich history to inform a clear vision for the next twenty years.

Since it was first reserved in 1862 the park has provided for a range of amateur sports and increasingly for professional sport.

A multi-functional park

In addition to providing green space for Melbourne, Albert Park provides for organised and casual recreation and leisure. The 45 hectare lake is a key feature of the park. In excess of 20 different field and water-based sports, run by over 45 clubs, are hosted within Albert Park.

The lakeside circuit trail provides a popular fitness experience. Nine sites around the lake are available for picnics, barbecues and functions. Dog walking is encouraged in the park and there are a number of designated off-leash areas.

In addition to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, a range popular events are held in the park, including the RSPCA’s Million Paws Walk, the Melbourne Marathon and the Taste of Melbourne. Eight dining and function venues operate in Albert Park.

Albert Park provides 60% of all open space within the Port Phillip municipality.

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YOUR PARK

Albert Park has long been known as “the people’s playground”. Community consultation will be a major part of the planning. Clubs, casual visitors, local residents and businesses will be consulted through various methods including meetings, on-line discussions and displays in the park.

A diversity of users

Albert Park provides facilities to accommodate a wide range of activities for a diversity of visitors. Arguably, the park’s most dominant users are its sports teams including  bowling, cricket, tennis, soccer, football, golf, sailing and rowing. 

In addition to providing open space for the park’s surrounding residents and other visitors, the park also holds a number of events including fun runs, triathlons and festivals  that attract large quantities of people from a wide catchment for shorter periods of time. 

The Master Plan will acknowledge all of the parks users and seeks to involve them all in the creative process. 

Many generations of visitors have enjoyed the 4.7km walk around the lake or a barbecue in one of the many picnic areas.

Help us understand your park

The creation of the Master Plan will involve input from a wide range of perspectives including members of the general public.  To date, the first stage of consultation has been completed, yielding hundreds of thoughts and ideas.  To be kept informed of future consultation activities, please sign up to the subscribe form at the bottom of this page.

The open spaces, playground and diversity of sporting facilities.

Gabby

Hockey, sporting facilities, Running track

Brendan

Large open grass areas to play with the dogs and family. Trees to relax under on a sunny day. Walking and jogging tracks.

Bronwyn

The open green spaces. Dog off lead areas of appropriate size. Excellent playgrounds for children. Good running tracks.

Katherine

Ability to access a quit picturesque walking/cycling environment with pleasant birdlife and picnic areas.The ability to walk a dog in designated areas

Peter P

Open grounds, running tracks, lots of sport going in, family place

Catherine

Great to run around - a way to feel like you have escaped the city. Has some good events on too

Craig

Continuous running track, close to city and public transport.

Graham

Beautiful mix of people and their Dogs and Sandra Boyles. Dogs if Vic Dod School which I have attended for 15 years with my various Dogs She control

Gail

My nearest green space ... An area to excercise with my dog

Colin

Its beauty & peacefulness on the water when sailing, yet within sight of the CBD

Shirley

Continuous track for bikes running and walking. Space, grass and big shady in prunned trees. I love the bird life.

Janie

ParkRun

Renee

the views to the city, the tranquil setting so close to the city, the boats sailing and rowing on the lake, the reflections of the city and the trees

Ian

Parks, Grand Prix and Driving Range

Charlie

playing fields, open space, different areas around the park (bbq areas, etc),

Warren

Great location very scenic the amount of sporting activities available and of course parkrun which is held every Saturday morning for free

Mark

I love to row on the lake, I love to walk around the lake. I love the swans especially during cygnet season.

Louise

The lake and grounds.

Jim

the open spaces, the lake, the facilities, the diversity of activities, the location - proximity to the city and the beach, the cleanliness, the views

Melissa

the beautiful lake, the nice track around it, the grass areas, the facilities, parkrun

Ryan

The lake and running track around it.

Jacinta

The wildlife, the recreation facilities, the restaurant/cafe options. There is nothing not to love … well maybe the low tide at summer smell ...

Jane

Being a parkrun every week for the past two and half years

Margie

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