Frankston state Labor MP Paul Edbrooke, Frankston International Motel owner and Committee for Greater Frankston member Phil Jones, Frankston City Council CEO Phil Cantillon, former councillor Glenn Aitken and Cr Sue Baker inspect the site of the new park.
A pocket of vacant land in Frankston will be transformed into a community park with an amphitheatre and elevated performance space, a rainforest garden, barbecues, and references to local Indigenous culture.
The land is on the corner of Evelyn St and Fletcher Rd between the Nepean Highway, the Frankston International Motel and Frankston police station and will also feature an informal play area and grassed recreation areas, seats, a drinking fountain, solar lighting, arbours, bike hoops, a sculpture, and footpath links to the highway. Tree planting along Fletcher Rd will be extended as part of the project, for which the State Government has provided $1.3 million, and native and deciduous trees will also be planted within the park.
Former Frankston City councillor Glenn Aitken pushed for a park on the land during his time on the council and said green pockets in built-up areas were important given predicted population growth. “Green open spaces, particularly in city urban centres, are absolutely precious; they should never be lost and instead preserved for people of all ages to enjoy today and into the future,” Mr Aitken said.
A detailed design process has started and work on the park is expected to begin in July and be completed by the end of next February.