Friday, February 10, 2017

Bentley Crescent Recreation Reserve, Hoppers Crossing, Vic

You can find this reserve here.

This is a short lane way to the south of the reserve which allows further pedestrian access. Classic 'walkability' design. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Merrett Reserve, Hoppers Crossing Vic.

See it here. Few entry points, a slew of features including hopscotch, a lounge chair (!), a picnic table. If I had an inclination to study suburban internal reserve use this is the kind of place I'd go to.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Eagle Street Park, Werribee, Vic

It's here.

I don't quite 'get' the form or idea behind the Eagle Street Park, but the presence of these houses on the corner of the block suggests that it's at least 50 years old. But see below. 

This early (1966?) Melways map however gives an extra element to the story. It appears that Eagle Street and Raven Grove were once 'First' and 'Second' street. No inclusion of any linear/internal park space in the Melways however. In various forays into suburban subdivision however it is notable how many times the insanely, perversely unimaginative subdividers of Melbourne have sought to tag suburbs of the city with the names of its central business district streets (Burke, Collins, King... if you're unfamiliar). The one thing I would say in favour of this is that - slightly more sophisticatedly and 'insider'-ish than numbering First, Second etc - if such streets retained their sequential relation to each other, you can orient yourself from, say, Russell St Werribee to Bourke Street Werribee. Except Russell Street Melbourne runs perpendicular to Burke and Collins so, actually, you can't!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Nangiloc Reserve, Werribee, Vic

This space has no gateways into it from surrounding properties (if you're wondering why this is important - I see it as indicative of local stockholding and use). It's very visible from the streets surrounding it, and inclused three entires; three benches; playground equipment and a path. It's also heavily treed. Find it here.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Riverside Avenue Reserve, Werribee, Vic

A highly uninspiring block, or should I say: all potential. You can see it here. The space contains two piles of tires, and perhaps more surprisingly, two driveways from surrounding properties - that is, it's possible to drive out of your home, across the reserve to the street. What the ultimate idea is behind this, if any, is hard to comprehend.

This is on the vacant lot next door: