North Hobart’s Born in Brunswick about to get funky new neighbour

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THE CITY OF HOBART is about to turn a boring little park in North Hobart on its head by transforming it into a fun and vibrant space with a design that matches the funkiest of establishments on the busy Elizabeth Street restaurant strip.

“Open spaces like Swan Street Park are few and far between in North Hobart, and so our new park design is aimed at maximising what we can do with the limited space available through innovative design,” City of Hobart Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Alderman Jeff Briscoe said.

Hobart Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Helen Burnet also welcomed the new park design.

“The park has been designed with an open-air amphitheatre feel and will feature a funky little play area for the kids, park pockets for picnics and plenty of seating,” Deputy Lord Mayor Helen Burnet said.

“A mini-maze in the fenced play area will double as a labyrinthine seating arrangement and beautiful big trees will be planted to help increase Hobart’s urban street tree canopy and provide shade for visitors.”

Plans for the design were refined after community feedback revealed people wanted more seating and green spaces in the area, as well as a small, fenced play area.

The community also wanted the park design to include pockets of space for smaller groups to make their own, and a design that created a place in which people can play, meet, and enjoy every day.

The project is expected to take six months to complete. During this time the park and a small section of the road reserve on Swan Street will be fenced off to establish a work site.

Access to Swan Street and the surrounding buildings will be maintained.

Swan Street Park is adjacent to the popular Born in Brunswick, which offers locally sourced and seasonal produce through its brunch menu.

The land is owned by the Uniting Church in Australia and maintained by the City of Hobart.

The City of Hobart is contributing $231,847 to the park transformation project. The rest of the funding, $551,303, has been funded by an Australian Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program grant.

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