Goals and Objectives
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 25 year vision for the park and guide it through the next stage of its history. The purpose of a Master Plan is to provide a “big picture” vision to guide development over the next 20 years.
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.
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.
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.
A Diversity of Users
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.
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.