Ballan’s new pocket parks are a great example of community engagement between local residents, Ballan Arboretum Group and the Moorabool Shire.

The two new parks, one the corner of Edols and Jopling streets, the other the corner of Steiglitz and Jopling streets, are currently under construction and due for completion in August. The new parks will include a range of tree species, seating made by local stonemason Joshua Bowers and, most importantly, new paths that will make getting around town on foot much easier and more enjoyable.

Ms Stephanie Day, Chair of the Ballan Arboretum Group, is thrilled with the result: ‘Everyone came on board and worked together to respond to community concerns about pedestrian amenity and to come up with a scheme that is both practical and beautiful’.

The Moorabool Shires’ Urban Designer Joe Morgan-Payler has conceived two themes for the pocket parks with the Steiglitz Street to be spring in focus and the Edols, autumnal. Ms Day says ‘this is what will make the redevelopment of these small areas so special, that they will connect to the seasons, providing park users with the opportunity to enjoy scented blooms of spring blossom and the blaze of colour of the deciduous trees in autumn’.

We have had great support from the Shire, says Ms Day, and also from community groups and traders. Ballan Arboretum Group with support from Ballan Quilt Group and Ballan Farmer’s Market will contribute to buying trees, the watering program and the new stone seating. We are delighted, says Ms Day, ‘that Ballan Primary School Grade 3-4 class will be helping out with the planting of the trees once the major work is completed’.

For further information contact:

Stephanie Day, Ballan Arboretum Group: info@ballanarboretum.org