Save parks and playgrounds in West Footscray

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City of Maribyrnong are proposing an upgrade to sport facilities in West Footscray. It is proposed that to make way for more sporting grounds, West Footscray is to have reduced playgrounds and park spaces for the community to use. 

In their concept drawings the following things are noted:

  1. Removal of Shorten Reserve Playground
  2. No intention to re-instate the BBQ and Shade structure erected at Shorten Reserve 
  3. Removal of open green space at Barrett Reserve
  4. Removal of the old establish Trees at Barrett Reserve
  5. Reduction / Remove of Playground and Skate park at Johnson Reserve
  6. The removal of the 10th Footscray Scout Group Building

We will be losing open spaces that our kids adore. We have spent many hours with our kids at all 3 reserves not to mention the loss of a central community hub with the Scout Hall. 

The Council, at the drop in session said the Scouts will have access to the proposed new Sports Facility Building but how will they have the same access, storage and open spaces for the kids to learn and be involved as they have now. On many nights of the week we see them using Barrett Reserve. City of Maribyrnong has stated that the building is beyond repair, which is completely false. The main concern is disability access, which of course is a cheap and easy fix by comparison. 

The Council also has stated there has already been extensive community consultation during this process but speaking to the main users of those areas last night I don't believe that to be true. Certainly it seems they have been dictated information regarding the councils intention but that is where it ends. 

I am personally all for the upgrading of our open spaces and better maintenance of them. I am completely opposed to handing them over to sporting groups where we lose access. West Footscray needs central, kid friendly, common spaces to continue strengthening our community. 

If you oppose this proposed development and the current designs please join the fight. 

Thanks,

Brendan Borg

Resident.