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7 months ago
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  • SimonCaulfield 7 months ago
    As a long-term resident of Caulfield, I approve of the recommendations as a whole, particularly points 12-13 as I use the park on a near daily basis to get my exercise and am very supportive of outdoor exercise and the benefits it brings. One notable omission in the Plan is the lack of any upgrade to the existing workout stations around the Eastern end of the Park. They have been there a very long time and are very much in need of an upgrade. I would also like the Council to consider installing a complex of bars for various bodyweight-type exercises, targeting the adult population. Aside from the aging workout stations, there is only the standard playground equipment for children and toddlers. Teenagers and adults would benefit from the inclusion of a workout space which permitted more challenging exercises. Having such a hub or node would also encourage a greater sense of community amongst fitness enthusiasts in the wider community. Thank you for your attention. Simon Andrewartha.
  • Rachelash14 8 months ago
    I am a mother of 3 and a resident of Caulfield within 7 mins walk to Caulfield Park. My most annoying feature of the park is that when I walk 5 times a week with my baby I am unable to take my primary aged kids with me because the path around the perimeter of the park is not scooter friendly. Instead I either walk without them and leave them at home on gadgets/ devices or go elsewhere. Caulfield Park is a stunning park and one of the reasons we moved to the area however it is not a good walking path at all. The gravel makes it not friendly for kids on scooters, or learning to ride in training wheels who would be able to scoot along side me when walking in off-peak times. Also even when I do walk I’m constantly getting little stones or gravel in my shoes.Also there are many electric toilets which are not able to be used for practicing Jews that are unable to use electricity on sabbath which is when we often visit the park. Please do not change the toilets at park cres to electric toilets when you upgrade please keep as is with maybe just a refresh. We avoid taking the kids to play in any of the other playgrounds around the park for this reason that we are unable to operate or use the toilets at all other areas. A huge oversight by Glen Eira council when they built Booran Reserve which is even closer to us than Caulfield Park.
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    • Pascale 8 months ago
      The gravel is a permeable path designed to allow rain water to soak into the tree roots and into lawns and allow flexibility when trees grow and extend their root zone. Concrete or other pavement would seriously damage tree root structure, and would need to be constantly repaired because of the growth of the trees and their underground structure. My daughter and I ride on these paths frequently, she learnt to ride on these paths and around the perimeter fine, only once fell off (on the foot path), and we needed a bandaid.
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      • Rachelash14 8 months ago
        You have not addressed he problem if not scooter or bike friendly and this doesn’t make sense when there are other concrete paths within the park right alongside trees.Also the electric automated toilets issue which I raised has not been addressed.A fantastic addition would be a giant jumping pillow like the ones at many resorts these days (look up big4 resorts and you will see an example of jumping pillow under recreational activities).They are incredible for exercise, kids love them and you can have loads of kids on them at the one time). There is so much space at Caulfield Park for a jumping pillow and I don’t believe I have seen one at any other park only at caravan parks, resorts, etc. silverwater resorts in San Remo Vic at entrance to Phillip Island also has one which is the perfect size.
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        • Renewa 8 months ago
          There’s a jumping pillow at Redcliffe - just outside of Brisbane (where my parents live) and unfortunately it routinely gets lit on fire and vandalised, if the council do give this a consideration then it will need some kind of protection.
      • jasher 8 months ago
        Pascale, perhaps you should share your insights with the Royal Botanical Gardens and half of all other parks in Victoria and convince them to replace all paving with gravel paths. I agree with Rachelash14.
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        • Admin Commented Recreation Services 8 months ago
          Hi all Can I please ask that comments are respectful and constructive.Kind regardsRec & Open Space
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          • DaveIop 8 months ago
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          • stesim6 7 months ago
            I totally agree with the last comment from the Recreation Services. What has happened to civil discourse on this issue. Much of what is written is angry and abusive. Caulfield residents you are better than this.My only comments on the plan are 1.on the gravel path around the perimeter. I use it every week to exercise and agree that it is most suitable for walking. I don't want to walk on a sealed path, there are many footpaths for that. 2. Re dogs. I would like the issue of dogs on leashes enforced. I am elderly and having an unknown dog rush past me is not pleasant. There are off leash areas elsewhere.Thanks Council for the opportunity to express my views
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            • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
              So I suppose you would be "happy" if dogs were banned altogether from Caulfield Park. I am not aware of too many dogs "rushing past" in an on lead area.It is a whole different area even in an off leash area of having dogs jumping on you. Dogs are supposed to be "under effective voice control". Interestingly you make no mention of bikes whizzing past you in Caulfield Park which is very common.. Being "elderly" does not entitle you to lecture others about "civil discourse" that is the role of the moderator
      • Renewa 8 months ago
        Oh that’s really interesting, as a runner I often wondered why this is used at Albert Park, personally I don’t really like it as a running surface, it’s a bit slippery. I’d like to hear some suggestions for other surfaces still allow for that drainage, but are better running/riding surfaces - also good to consider that concrete or similar is way to hot in summer.
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        • Rachelash14 8 months ago
          Hadn’t thought about the heat factor for walking on concrete because there are still plenty of shaded areas but yes any other surface that’s firmer and no gravel would be terrific if it could tick walker/rider/runners and drainage needs. I actually always walk up to hawthorn rd foot path just to get the concrete path and then that strip on Balaclava until it meets with park path and unfortunately becomes gravel again. Definitely a different path would be amazing!! Btw I avoid Albert Park lake as well for the same reason.
  • Jennyc 7 months ago
    Thankyou for hosting the Caulfield Lacrosse clubIt has been so wonderful to have an alternative sport to the traditional soccer and football. Bring a smaller sport with a requirement for a different skill set has basically changed my sons life. The confidence he has now, and the fitness and the opportunities are all blessings - he was able to represent Victoria in Lacrosse for a couple of years and is now trying out for the Australian under19 team. In the more common sports very few get those opportunities . We have been comming to the beautiful Caulfield Park for the last ten years so I just wanted to thank you for supporting diversity in sport within your wonderful Park .( just FYI the sport is not limited to the young - often kids play in the same team as their dads, and currently mother’s team has just begun training) Thanks again for supporting such a family friendly club. Kind regards Jenny Currie
  • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
    Has any one been into the Parks and Gardens /Park Services Office on Inkerman St recently and seen the individuals walking around aimlessly and yet they are being paid huge salaries? I asked the head of Park Services whose office is located in Caulfield Park why the dog bowl was removed in front of the pavilion and his response was that he knew nothing about it. So who is actually is making the decisions including the decision to install a stainless steel water fountain which was replaced after a few weeks?The inefficiency and wastage of money by Glen Eira Council is staggering!
  • Cricket1 7 months ago
    The playgrounds like most modern playgrounds are unimaginative and could be so much more utilising the wonderful trees and other park attributes. The cricket cage nets should be enlarged to have adjustable nets and make an all purpose of enclosure for other sports like Lacrosse for training purposes.The old Caulfield club rooms need complete remodelling to provide for women and minority sports. There is no mention in the plan for this . Glen Eira has a chance to make Caulfiled park a hub for women's cricket but the facilities are sub standard.The main ground should be expanded to fit two full lacrosse pitches thus making Caulfield park the preeminent lacrosse facility in the South East with higher permanent fence levels at the North end to keep balls in the field There should be more park seating and tables next to playing ovals for use by teams for scoring etc and after sport use.I agree with the plan to put change facilities at the East end of the park for those grounds which have none.The lighting on oval 1 should b improved before adding more lighting in oval 2.
  • Vanessa 8 months ago
    As a nature play enthusiast, I love taking my kids to the areas without the playgrounds, there are so many awesome trees and spots scattered around caulfield park. I would love for these areas to inspire the new playground ideas. Some inspiration, Trees to climb, hide and make cubbies in drooping trees, feel like you are in a forest with close tall trees, tracks between trees to ride bikes etc Children love cubbies, running water, transporting natural materials.I am very much looking forward to the initiative by glen eira council to change up our play spaces. Playgrounds need to be inviting and illicit imagination and joy, not only be a place for kids to exercise like the countless playgrounds all over the city.Copenhagen is a fantastic city to get inspiration of inspiring play spaces all over local areas. Great work glen eira on heading in the right direction.
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    • CaulfieldParkUser99 7 months ago
      There used to be a fabulous wooden pirate ship where the existing lakeside playground is. It had ropes and nets to climb, slides and poles to go down, masts, a steering wheel for great imaginative play. Unfortunately the pirate ship burned down about 10 years ago and didn’t get replaced. At the Park Crescent playground, there was a wooden train with lots of carriages which my kids loved playing in, and that too was replaced by generic, plastic play equipment which kids become bored with quickly.
  • CaulfieldParkUser99 7 months ago
    1) Name the 3 pavilions on the Master Plan to avoid confusion to users of the park. Either name the pavilions after prominent local sports people or contributors to the various sporting clubs in the park, or as a minimum, identify the pavilions as East Pavillion, Central Pavillion and West Pavillion. 2) Put a public toilet at the lakeside playground at location 6. It is a long way to a public toilet for families at the playground. The cricket club Pavillion’s toilets are not open for public use. 3) There needs to be a second public toilet at the central Pavillion. When junior sporting matches are taking place, the queues can be 20 people long. The existing toilet is usually dirty, the floor is always wet and the toilet paper non-existent. 4) There needs to be public toilets in the new Pavillion at location 15. During sporting matches taking place around the existing Pavillion, it is hundreds of metres in either direction to find a public toilet. When women’s cricket matches take place on Sundays, the demand for toilets in this location is great. 5) Place more public park seating around the sporting grounds that actually face the grounds. Current seating is aligned on weird angles, unsuitable for watching games. 6) Lacrosse players need a large, solid rebound wall with painted goals to practise their individual shooting skills. The tennis wall is not appropriate and too close to the public path and road for fast flying lacrosse balls. It is preferable for a grass surface in front of the wall to mimic real playing conditions. 7) The cricket nets should be expanded to a multi-use caged area where lacrosse players can practise with balls being contained within the nets. 8) Put a permanent high net between the playground at location 7 and the cricket ground at location 9. During the winter season, it is a huge effort (and health and safety matter) for the lacrosse club to put temporary nets in that location for every match to protect the safety of playground users. The playground would also benefit with permanent high nets during the summer as protection from 6s being hit from the cricket ground. 9) Most of the fitness equipment around the park is for very tall people, or people that have the ability to jump high to reach it. The existing fitness equipment is outdated, confusing and could be enhanced with the addiction of hydraulic weights stations around the park. 10) More recycling bins are needed around the sporting grounds. 11) Expand the main cricket ground (ground #1) fence line circumference such that 2 full size lacrosse grounds can fit inside the boundary, creating opportunities for the lacrosse club to host more sporting finals and to allow players to play on an official sized playing field as opposed the the sub-standard sized field they are forced to play on now. 12) The cricket and lacrosse club Pavillion at the main ground needs to be replaced with a new structure that has modern change rooms and facilities for female players, to increase participation in cricket and lacrosse. 13) The car park for the main cricket ground is a bottleneck and encourages illegal or dangerous parking, therefore could be redesigned.
  • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
    Remove the depot in Caulfield Park, so much valuable land wasted. Relocate the depot to where the current car park is located at the back of the town hall. Build an underground car park, as it is it is usually impossible to find a parking place in the carpark anyway as it is overtaken by council employees. Better still to practice a sustainable work environment ensure Council employees do not drive to work hence the need for a smaller car park.
  • Yunch 8 months ago
    My children and I like to train at Caulfield Park. We train on the cricket oval which is an enclosed area (dogs on leashes only). Unfortunately dog owners do not abide by this rule and they often let their dogs run free. Not only are dogs jumping all over us, we have a situation where a dog has urinated on our equipment. Given the large area of the park which is already shared with dogs, would it be possible to have this one area a dog free zone, so that our family can enjoy the park, without being disturbed by dogs. There are other parks within our municipality which are enclosed, dedicated dog areas. It would be great if the same courtesy could be extended to us.
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    • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
      A really inaccurate self absorbed comment. Are you actually aware that there are times that there is not one leash free area in Caulfield Park available as sporting clubs take precedence over off leash areas and yet the fenced oval sits empty????? Why shouldn't it be used by dog owners including those who are trying to train their dogs who may not have learned yet not to run near a busy road. Are you aware there isn't one fenced dog off lead area in the entire City of Glen Eira (that I am aware of). A large proportion of dog walkers actually walk to Caulfield Park as they live locally. Since you seem to have so much "equipment" and children you obviously drive to Caulfield Park so it would be very logical for you to drive to another park where dogs would not "disturb" you.
  • KenPe 8 months ago
    I find it odd that you only believe that the Hawthorn Road corners are more important. With the development of the racecourse carpark I would consider the Park Crescent corners just as important as the foot traffic from these corners should be considered just as important and these should be improved and developed accordingly. This can be verified by the dead grass line where everyone has to walkI feel that the council has wasted money on the refresh plan and that a better effort to bring it into the 2020s should have been more important.The council needs to be aware that the park is used by all not just families and not just sporting groups. There should be a bike track where parents can walk with children on bikes/scooters that meanders through the park. This would leave the outside for walkers and runners. With the increased number of apartments that are being approved by the council this is going to be needed more than everThe fenced in oval at the moment is off limits to dogs off leashes, however it is the only suitable oval for such an activity. I feel that when it isn't in use by sporting groups it should be available for off leished dogs!I think the lake should be overhauled and make it more suitable for the birds that inhabit it. It should also be cleaned (leaves and floating debris) on a regular basis.There should also be a position where a commercial space should be which could be housed by a cafe/restaurant/coffee house. If you are removing the depot then a building could be put there to utilise the existing power water sewerage. This would bring people to the area and allow parents to eat chat and watch children in the park at the same time. It can then be surrounded by the native gardens on the other sides
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    • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
      I agree with the majority of what you have written. Firstly dog walkers are never considered by Council which in fact is reducing the facilities for dogs by removing the dog water bowl and blocking the tap in front of the pavilion in the last 2 weeks. Totally disagree about a cafe as the park should be anon commercial zone. Maccabi soccer club is responsible for the kiosk at the bottom of the pavilion in the winter months which is run atrociously. Take away coffee cups dispensed by the cafe are seen littering all the ovals even as far away as Park Crescent,
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      • jasher 7 months ago
        No-one suggested a kiosk - it was a cafe, a world of difference - and that the Macabbi sporting club runs theirs poorly should not take away from a good idea that works well at many places around the country. Have you been to Queens Park in Sydney?! There is no rubbish, no disrespect by the patrons to the park and surrounding areas. There are just families, children, parents, and grandparents enjoying quality time together in the park. The children playing and the grandparents having a coffee and cake watching etc. And although there may be two cafes on the western end of the park across some main roads, there is nothing at all near the other end about a kilometre away, nor on the north side of the park or near any of the playgrounds. The park also generates income to the council through sporting clubs, venue hire, etc, and a cafe would be the same. It's not a new idea, and it works well.Also bear in mind that the council has approved for literally thousands of new apartments to be built on the eastern end of the park, and we should ensure that the master plan focuses appropriate redevelopment at that end too for the additional thousands of park users expected. A cafe is a good idea and is inclusive to other members of the community, ie the families. That some people don't like it due to their personal like and dislikes, doesn't mean that they should block the idea for the others. I don't have a dog, but I certainly don't put down any idea for the dog walkers or sporting clubs. Live and let live.The dog owners, sporting clubs, and all residents - families included - should be able to enjoy it park to the fullest. That's what it is, a community park that we all pay for, so everyone should be able to enjoy it.
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        • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
          So what is 'the "world of difference" between the kiosk /cafe ie pure semantics? The "kiosk " sells coffee in disposable cups and goods covered in plastic and cellophane. Are you seriously suggesting a "cafe" would NOT sell takeaway coffee in take away cups or drinks in plastic bottles which have the propensity to add more litter to the park? Are you seriously suggesting that a cafe would /could ban patrons from sitting outside and depositing their cigarette butts on the ground? You need a huge reality check. The park generates income for Council by hiring out the pavilion, leasing ovals to sporting clubs and dog registration., the point being TO THE COUNCIL. Correct me if I am wrong at this point in time Council do not trade in hospitality and therefore a cafe would generate income for some commercially run business on crown land that my rates fund to maintain. Are you capable of comprehending the difference and why some people would be opposed. Since you are so eager for a cafe, why don't you approach Council requesting a permit to run a food truck selling coffees etc that you can have parked on the side of the road right next to the playgrounds. That should keep you happy.
  • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
    The Master Plan is a complete waste of ratepayers money.Why doesn't Glen Eira Council actually maintain adequately what is already located in the park. The Master Plan absolutely fails to acknowledge dog walkers, who generally are local residents paying rates and PAYING to register their dogs as opposed to sporting club users whose members often live outside Glen Eira. Dog walkers outnumber sports club users in their thousands. Glen Eira Council would be the most anti dog council in Victoria by not only failing to provide sufficient facilities for dog walkers but actually removing them. In the last 2 weeks it removed the dog water bowl outside the pavilion and blocked the taps. In terms of money wasted by some bright spark it put a stainless steel architectural number water fountain with a water bowl half way down the path near item "15 pavilion ". Needless to say the water bowl could not be refilled effectively. So several weeks later it was replaced on the other side of the path (Council very quick to cover their tracks) with the identical water fountain located throughout the park. So how many thousands of dollars was wasted in this fiasco? Another fiasco, the two benches located on a path near the cricket practice nets which was convenient for elderly park goers to sit on have suddenly been removed and moved 5 metres forward to surround the oval, again council very quick to cover their tracks. Council needs to erect more benches around the entire park going east from the carpark until Park Crescent. There used to be a table with benches that was hastily removed to make way for the pavilion and never replaced. Serious bollards should be placed in front of the pavilion to prevent the area being used as a defacto carpark by sporting clubs and people hiring the pavilion. Council refuses to patrol this area on weekends when parking is out of control in this area. Several years ago Glen Eira Council decided to remove 30+ trees surrounding the ovals to make way for more ovals. Community opposition was fierce and a petition was circulated and due to be tabled in State Parliament by the local MP David Southwick. Council became aware of this and like thieves in the night sent in tree removalists at 6.30am the day before the petition was tabled. So Caulfield Park has lost magnificent /significant trees and there has been some replanting but it will take years for the trees to mature and there is no shade for a warm (leave alone a hot day). Shade cloths should be placed on the perimeter of every oval. Dog Walkers have always got a very nasty deal from Glen Eira Council. At times there is not one leash free area available in the entire Caulfield Park, particularly on weekends as sporting clubs take precedence over dog walkers. You can arrive in the park and be faced with this reality. It has been suggested to Council repeatedly and ignored that there should be notices placed in the park and on line as to which clubs are booked to use the ovals and the exact times they have been allocated,There should be a safe 24/7 off lead dog walking area in Caulfield park which includes a fenced area (crowded Manhattan can achieve this with shaded areas and plenty of benches but Glen Eira Council fails miserably). Council complains about dog droppings but there are no bins, bags or water fountains on the Park Crescent side and surprise surprise all three items should be placed side by side. Reading the comments it seems most Caulfield Park users don't want grandiose structures, nor additional ovals but want Council to adequately maintain what is already there which Council is failing miserably. To summarize I want a safe 24/7 leash free dog walking area with many more bins, bag and dog water bowls. Increase the number of benches and shaded areas by adding shade cloths or pergolas.
  • Kaza 8 months ago
    I would like to see the path that runs around the outside basically remain the same. I would not like to see it paved as this would be very hot and hard to walk on. I would like to see bakes remain off this walking. Path and a scooter path made for toddlers elsewhere. We would like a hill to be created so walking. Was more of an effort and interesting. If the gravel could be resurfaced sooner when it degrades in winter so that huge puddles don’t form. I would lie to see council remove and relocate birds nests alongside the path, so that kamikaze birds that attack humans and it’s are removed. I would like to see benches that face INWARDS not outwards looking at the cars and roads. Recently new benches were installed, they face outwards are are too close to the road. People want to look at the greenery not the road and parked cars.
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    • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
      There was a previous Caulfield Park gardener who actually placed signs warning people of swooping birds, not the present gardener if she can actually ever be seen working. As for the benches, some out of touch council employee recently moved 2 benches away from the cricket practice nets (and quickly covered where the previous benches stood) 5 metres forward to overlook the oval. They could have easily left the benches as I regularly saw elderly people sit on the benches as they were adjacent to a path. Now you have to walk across grass to reach the benches which is not appropriate for elderly park users.
  • Arabella 7 months ago
    I think this master plan is missing the opportunity to make the park more sustainable, create habitat for wildlife, connect people with nature and bring the community together for activities other than sport. As a mother who uses the park with her children regularly I would like to see:- more nature play areas that are integrated with native and indigenous plantings that have the dual purpose of connecting kids with nature/make a play space and providing habitat for local wildlife, while also improving water absorption in what was originally a wetland area. Our kids need places to investigate, connect with bugs, birds and wildlife, get lost, climb and hide. No more plastic play equipment please! Look at the centennial park 'Wild play' playground in Sydney for example. - more spaces to support biodiversity. An increase in native and indigenous plantings around the park, both understory shrubs and canopy trees. Please don't remove the two ancient eucalypts that the cockatoos nest in. The aviary garden definitely needs to be extending. What about a grassland area - to increase water absorption, demonstrate what the park would have looked like pre-european settlement and provide vital habitat for native animals? - a community vegetable garden would be wonderful! Food security is a real thing and a place to teach and encourage people to grow their own food is such a great way to build climate resilience in the community. - I love the idea of turning the building in the depot into an environmental education hub as the Friends of Caulfield Park have proposed. This could be somewhere like the Port Philip Eco Centre in St Kilda Botanical gardens, which is a hub for the community to learn about composting, growing food, recycling and other sustainability issues. - I strongly think the council should release some of the sporting fields for the above mentioned proposals. It is a serious waste that around two thirds of this open space is taken up by bare sports ovals that cannot retain water, need constant spraying and mowing and watering and are hot, open spaces. I understand there is a strong, organised voice in the form of sporting clubs that pushes for these spaces to be kept and even expanded, but that is not to say that there are not as many, if not more people (and other animals) that would greatly benefit from alternative uses for these spaces. There is an abundance of research on the many benefits of connecting people with nature (including less anxiety and depression, healthier adults and children alike, more creative and resilient children who get to take risks in a more challenging play environment, more interest in protecting the environment etc). It seems to me we would be missing a huge opportunity to do something really special with caulfield park under the proposed minor cosmetic changes of the master plan refresh.
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    • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
      A really worthy comment. Glen Eira Council seems to only focus on the sporting clubs but fails to acknowledge and cater for dog walkers in a 24/7 safe off leash area . Dog walkers outnumber those involved in sporting clubs by the thousands.With out a doubt Glen Eira Council is the most anti dog Council in Victoria by not only failing to provide sufficient facilities for dog walkers but in fact reducing them. They have in the past 2 weeks removed the dog water fountain in front of the pavilion by not only removing the bowl but blocking where the tap was located. Glen Eira Council consistently fails to acknowledge the important role dogs play in human well being.
  • Chrodo 8 months ago
    Following on from some of the comments..1 - I whole heartedly agree to keeping the non electric toilet block on park crescent for sabbath reasons and other reasons such as they don't smell as bad as the electric ones making them more pleasant to use. 2 - I think some sort of small pop up style cafe could be located at the park crescent end of the park near the playground where many childrens parties are held. There is a cafe on the Balaclava and Hawthorn roads so putting one near the other end and near the playground makes sense. It does not have to be a montrosity style cafe building. There are many small pop up style cafes around. Ideally it would link to the newly created vegie garden by incorporating food compost and coffee grounds. Surely the sustainability dept would be all over this. BYO coffee cups would be encouraged with a price reduction. 3. The communal vegie garden is a great idea and I would look at locating it on the north side of the park crescent play area. Lots of north facing sun for it. 4. I would like to see some distance markers put around the park. It is an inexpensive cost and is allows for everyone to see how far they have exercised. It provides great incentives for little ones to try and make the next marker..Just my two cents..
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    • jasher 7 months ago
      An ideal location for a cafe would be near the lake. And we don't think a pop-up style is what is needed. Refer to suggestion as per Queens Park in Sydney. We have been there and it is amazing. Why don't we have something like that in Caulfield park?! There is no real issue having it near the lake that cannot be overcome, but in terms of the best location, is should be near the lake and yet close enough to the children's playground across the park from the lake.
    • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
      Caulfield Park should be a non commercial zone which includes NOT having a cafe. Macccabi soccer club is responsible for running a poorly run cafe at the bottom of the pavilion in the winter months. It is a regular sight to see disposable coffee cups dispensed by this cafe littering the ovals even as far away as Park Crescent.
  • Elizabeth Coe 8 months ago
    I have lived near Caulfield Park for 3 years and have been delighted with the improvements, including the additional trees to provide shade around the ovals, the refresh around the pond (although the island still looks very tatty), and the new "Narnia" LED post top lights.I agree with the suggestion about a community vegetable garden although there can be problems with vandalism and theft ( as in the UK allotment model), so its location further in from the edges of the park might be wise. There seems to be some flat and otherwise underutilised space behind the offices near the cricket nets.Although I understand the comments about electricity to run the various toilets, the fact is that Melbourne Water (and all the other suppliers including SE Water, YVW, CWW etc) uses electricity to pump and pressurise ALL water supplied to every user across Melbourne, whether in their homes or parks. Perhaps the local Rabbi could be requested to consider the matter and give a dispensation given that the park is within the Eruv.I have the historic tree brochure, and wondered if there could be more labelling of those most interesting and often very grand trees.I like the gravel paths, as they are more forgiving than concrete, and less prone to create a heat island. The gravel also helps in discouraging speedsters and making a shared path between runners and riders/scooter safer by virtue of the lower speeds.While the idea of a café is tempting, all the cafes locally open quite early - I have been able to get a coffee at 6.30am when out walking, so on balance I agree with the concerns expressed about pigeons and litter. And part of the delight of the park is that it is an ideal place for a picnic!My last comment is that the Wisteria walk will soon need some structural reinforcement as wisteria is very strong indeed, and it is growing well lustily.Thank you for a wonderful park to enjoy - I'm looking forward to this year's bandstand concerts!
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    • jasher 7 months ago
      FACT CHECK: Melbourne water does NOT use electricity to pump and pressurise ALL water supplied to every user across Melbourne. Water is fed through a gravity system using dams and reservoirs and the height difference to the supplier end to provide the adequate water pressure.
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      • Elizabeth Coe 7 months ago
        Dear Jasher,You are right that it is mostly a gravity system, but Melbourne Water has a pumping station at Cardinia on the north south (desalination) pipeline (refer website and the Aurecon Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu report of 2016 - if you recall there was a deal of discussion at the time about the use of windfarm-generated electricity to pump this pipeline although initially at least a cable from the La Trobe Valley was used to provide the high voltage 220kV supply) See https://www.aquasure.com.au/pipeline-powerline. Melbourne Water also describes pumping from Lake Eildon into the Sugarloaf reservoir (refer MW website https://www.melbournewater.com.au/community-and-education/about-our-water/water-supply/north-south-pipeline ). Moreover, there are electric pumps and electrically controlled systems for automated valves throughout the water supply network, and Melbourne Water actually generates electricity from the hydroelectric plants on the pipeline that they use to control the water pressure, instead of using pressure reducing valves as in the past. Although it is fundamentally a gravity system from the various reservoirs in the hills, if this were sufficient of itself, there would be no need for any additional reservoirs or storage tanks, such as those existing in Surrey Hills, Glen Waverley next to the Police Academy, Mt Waverley, and numerous other locations throughout the metropolitan area. Given the 5 year storage in the major dams and the very high interconnectedness of the system, in order to afford the desired resilience of the system from burst valves, broken mains and the like, it would be hard to determine except perhaps at a molecular level which water was not electrically pumped at some stage in the delivery cycle. For the sewerage system, there are 8 pumping stations at Hoppers Crossing, Brooklyn, Kew, North Road, Mordialloc (2 No), a further Wet Weather station at Mordialloc, Bondi, and the Eastern Treatment Plant (near Carrum). [ https://www.google.com/search?q=map+of+pumping+stations+in+melbourne&rls=com.microsoft:en-AU:IE-Address&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=_fio-8XF4yFy5M%253A%252Cimgkq5d1gPS4QM%252C_&usg=AI4_-kRofdoNWYD9nNMw-K8hbWBtzTQx5w&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiM-vDSqc7eAhUKWCsKHeC6Dp4Q9QEwA3oECAEQBA#imgdii=y2rjT66_9BZzjM:&imgrc=rWrB_nqfOtkt0M:&spf=1542007509210] And there is the heritage station at Scienceworks at Spotswood, where you can see the enormous pumps required.Hope this helps to explain the engineering challenges of living in a large city of over 5million people, and the need for using electricity for delivering a safe and reliable water supply.
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        • jasher 7 months ago
          Of course there are pumping stations, etc for a very small minority of the water that is distributed throughout Melbourne, but you said "electricity to pump ALL water supplied to EVERY user across Melbourne." This is simply not correct, and the economics of doing so would never fly. The Romans began the complex task of moving water around, and since then the vast majority of water is transported through gravity systems.To address your statement where you say, "Although it is fundamentally a gravity system from the various reservoirs in the hills, if this were sufficient of itself, there would be no need for any additional reservoirs or storage". This is an incorrect conclusion you have made. Reservoirs etc are needed to reduce the amount of pressure that comes out of your household tap to around 500kPA of water pressure. The pressure at your tap is as a direct result of the height difference between the source and the sink, ie 50 metres in height difference between your house and the supplying reservoir would be exactly 500kPA of pressure from your tap. That is why you are not connected directly to the Cardinia Reservoir... it would blow up your pipes, and thus the need for the reservoirs you mentioned.Now there an exception to all this, and that is with the Desalination Plant which requires sea water, which is obviously sourced at sea level and the desalinated water must be pumped up a to a great height so that the water can then be integrated to the existing gravity feed network. But even if this were operational, and even if you were able to count every molecule as you suggested, it would still be only a minor amount of water that is being distributed to Melburnians by design.So you have misinterpreted the facts and links you have presented since it represents a tiny proportion of the energy required to distribute water to "EVERY user across Melbourne".Therefore your original suggestion of asking a local Rabbi to consider giving dispensation ignores the issue that the original poster says that their issue is that the modern public toilets require them to break their sabbath rules because it requires the user to press electrical buttons to enter and exit, and just about every other function in the toilet. It has nothing to do with water being transported to the toilet, otherwise the older toilets would be an issue too.Hope this brings some clarity to your suggestion and understandings.
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          • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
            Obviously having only lived in Glen Eira for only 3 years you are unaware of the many trees surrounding the ovals that were brutally cut down by Glen Eira Council to make way for more ovals ie income from sporting clubs. The local community was so incensed about the proposed tree removal there was a widely circulated petition that Caulfield MP David Southwick was due to present to state parliament. Council became aware of the tabling of this petition and like thieves in the night the day before the petition was due to be presented to state parliament and despite Glen Eira Council promoting a date when the trees would be removed, Council moved in at 6.30 am the day before and removed 30+ trees. So what GE Council is doing now in terms of replanting trees is actually a joke and it will take years for them to reach maturity. What Council should be doing is erecting shade cloths along the edge of every oval as the ovals double as a very poor second for dog walkers who outnumber sports clubs players in their thousands.
  • L664 7 months ago
    Just make sure there is no further removal of any off lead area for dogs. I can’t see why there can’t be an area on the hawthorn Rd side
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    • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
      How about an actual safe 24/7 off lead area when Glen Eira Council has failed to do for years??????
  • Aek_2001 7 months ago
    I would prefer there not be a cafe or other type store located in the park. There are a sufficient number of available cafes around the park for those inclined without needing to change the park's character or reduce its open space.
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    • Dog walker of Caulfield Park 7 months ago
      One has to look no further than the cafe run by Macabbi Soccer club in the winter months and the rubbish generated by it. Regular sight on a Monday to see takeaway coffee cups dispensed by this poorly run kiosk scattered across the ovals usually as far as Park crescent.
  • smart770 7 months ago
    Is there a way to make a push to replace the old fountain at Greenmeadows Park? This was there for many years and then removed about 15 years ago. It would be a great asset to have a replica fountain replaced in this iconic park that has almost a century of history. I want to start a movement.
  • Pascale 8 months ago
    Unlike other parks in the city, there is no formal acknowledgement of the traditional Boonwurrung owners of this land, how the land was managed, its indigenous flora and fauna, how it was connected to what is known as the Elstercreek catchment area and water flowed to the Yarra River and Nairm (now Port Phillip Bay). Recognising this longer term history prior to its being known as Paddy's Swamp is long overdue. Furthermore, the planting of indigenous water plants (lomandras and tea trees on edges, sedges, rushes, lillies closer to waters edge) and some rock platforms would allow our indigenous animals (Eastern snake-necked turtle, eels, frogs, herons and ducks) to have better habitat and protection from the introduced geese and ducks which kill their young each year. We could invite Boonwurrung elders to reconnect us to this part of their traditional country and learn how they used and maintained these indigenous plants, perhaps learning weaving and other traditional skills, promoting and fostering respect, recognition, reconciliation.
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    • Deborah 8 months ago
      Wonderful respectful and inclusive ideas Pascale.
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      • Admin Commented Recreation Services 8 months ago
        Hi Pascale and DeborahThanks for your feedback and comments. We are certainly keen explore ways to expand interpretive signage and storyboards in our parks and open spaces; Booran Reserve and Mallanbool Reserve are great examples of this. You may be interested in the Glen Eira Reconciliation Action Plan which demonstrates Council’s commitment to building a unified community that acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.Kind regardsRec & Open Space Team
      • Arabella 7 months ago
        I agree with this idea also. There's a lot of talk about the history of this park, but it only seems to go back to post-European settlement days. I have seen other councils such as port philip have more signage and recognition of the traditional owners of the land, with signs about the local animals and plants which much kids (and I!) love reading about and imagining what the land was like back then. I love your idea for more water plants and habitat for local fauna also, Pascale. Port philip also has info on local native animals on their signage along the beachfront.
  • Belasch 7 months ago
    I like all of the suggested changes, particularly the removal of the depot buildings and the removal of the concrete path along Balaclava Rd. I would like to see the area near the oval 1 pavilion and car park improved in appearance, by removal of railings, adding more plants around parking areas and "hiding" the backs of the buildings with shrubbery.
  • romikupfer 8 months ago
    It would be wonderful if there was the addition of a community vegie garden. Similar to ones in other council areas. Having an enclosed area that the city of glen eira community can grow vegies and herbs together would be a fantastic way to interact together as well as teaching children and giving them the opportunity to engage with the land and fresh produce! I would also like to strongly encourage there be an acknowledgement of the indigenous land that caulfield park sits on and some information on plaques around the park in regards to that lands link to our indigenous people.
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    • Pascale 8 months ago
      I agree and Friends of Caulfield Park have suggested this with the land by Aviary gardens should the council parks depot ever be relocated! It would add so much connection of a different form with this beautiful park, and foster a great community spirit and opportunity for all ages to learn, share and educate each other!
    • Deborah 8 months ago
      -Agree acknowledgment and collaboration with Boonwurrung people would be a great method of inclusion and to increase biodiversity in times where biodiversity is decreasing. Indigenous people are resilient and their knowledge essential to learn for the rapidly changing planetary systems. Greater multi-storey plantings are needed and much less lawn areas. It still looks like a place for people not somewhere wildlife can flourish. Mown lawn spaces encourage Indian myna birds and larger birds where as dense indigenous planting will encourage native wildlife. -Taking into account food security would be good to leave roses if healthy as they have deep tap-roots and increase pollinating insects and plant a food forest surrounding this area. There are very little dense green corridors joining areas to encourage smaller bird species. Multi-storey planting can be human and other species friendly. -Considering the urban heat-effect and a warming climate, less open spaces and concreted areas is better. More multi-storey plantings Including food producing plants, would move away from human-centric space to a lower maintenance, higher yield Microsystem and healthier ecosystem.
  • Renewa 8 months ago
    I’d like to see acknowledgment of the traditional owners of the land - the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation, it would be wonderful for the council to work with the community groups to create a space for acknowledgment and education, somewhere where children and adults can learn about the land on which we live. More native planting accompanied by information on the plants would also be nice.Minor things: A few more water fountains with dog trays please
  • jasher 8 months ago
    We believe that the Master plan for Caulfield park is unimaginative. So please let us add our thoughts.There is wonderful opportunity to have a family friendly area where children can play and adults can catch up over a coffee or cakes. Yes, a cafe set in the park next to a playground would be absolutely wonderful for all ages and family and friends.A perfect example is at Queens Park Playground / Queens Park Kitchen in Sydney. It's a perfect little place for many residents and you should travel there and investigate. Search Google Maps and then go and visit it. Or go to Centennial park which has something similar. The truth is that there are many places across Caulfield park where this could work; whether near the lake, or next to one of the three playgrounds, or elsewhere. It is sadly missing and any stumbling blocks in terms of having private operators operating a cafe in the park, can surely be overcome. Come on... NSW have done it!
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    • Jo_E 8 months ago
      Finally, someone has suggested what we've been wanting for ages! Please put in a cafe.Being able to sit down with a hot cup of coffee, catching up on some adult conversation with friends, all whilst the kids are playing happily in a fantastic playground - priceless!! Why spend a fortune on another pavillion that isn't a drawcard and isn't used by everyone on a daily basis. A cafe would be brilliant for the grandparents taking the grandchildren out for a milkshake, the mothers groups, dads doing the catch up etc. Our park should be in the same league as Centennial Park Sydney.
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      • Jennya 8 months ago
        A CAFE - Yes please! How wonderful would it be to watch the children play while sitting with my friends and the grandparents in the park having coffee and cakes!! I have been to many other parks that have a café in the park, including Queens Park NSW. Even the Botanical gardens and Jells park have cafes. Please Glen Eira Council, put this in your plans. We were so frustrated with the millions of dollars spent on the building in the middle of the park which is used only for sporting and for hall hire. A café in the park near a playground (and/or the Lake) would be a FANTASTIC and would cost a small expense by comparison. Yes Please!
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        • Jennya 8 months ago
          Just to be clear... we have nothing against the sporting use of the park and therefore the pavilion mentioned above, it's just that the building is not used 90% of the time that we visit the park... and a Café would appeal to a wider group of people... notwithstanding the sporting groups too.
    • Pascale 8 months ago
      There are SOOO many cafes in the nearby Balaclava Junction precinct, I don't know why you'd want to introduce another cafe (and the associated littering and food scraps which encourage pesky pigeons) into the park!