Council releases parkland landscape master plan for public comment

BRIGHTON Council, in conjunction with local landscape architecture firm Playstreet, has prepared a landscape master plan for the Bridgewater Parkland area.

After consulting with stakeholders and the local community the ideas were collated into the plan.

Manager development services James Dryburgh said the aim of the plan was to create a community parkland that appeals to all age groups and abilities through a series of spaces and  activities all sharing a common approach to design and planting treatments.

“Embracing the existing natural assets of the mountain view and foreshore the intent is to create a linear parkland experience that connects Brighton’s civic centre to the foreshore with a series of play and recreational facilities along the way.

“Our end goal is to create spaces for community, vibrant places for play, gathering, markets, daydreaming, exercise and enjoying life,” Mr Dryburgh said.

“In response to the sense of place of the site the concept for the play spaces has been loosely based on the form of a swans nest among the rushes, with the use of grassy mounds among forests of trees and play elements.  Hopefully this will encourage a sense of discovery and delight but with a calm approach to the design so we retain a gentle feel of the site.”

In the middle of the parkland is a skatepark, areas for walking and excercising dogs, mountain bike trail, café, and toilets.

The entire design is to consider the principles of Crime Prevention Through Urban Design (CPTED).

Residents can view the Master Plan at Council, or request a copy by emailing

Comments can be sent to Council by letter or via the same email address as listed. A Facebook page is also being set up to receive public comment.