Central Road in Blackburn has long been the defined front address to Blackburn Lake Sanctuary with its rural timber post-and-rail fence and tall cypress trees. However, parking along Central Road for visitors was undefined and haphazard with large areas of gravel competing with different entry points as well as an existing bus stop.
In 2017, Whitehorse City Council engaged Papworth Davies to design a new parking frontage address for Blackburn Lake Sanctuary along Central Road, considering improved pedestrian linkages that are separated from vehicles, a new bus stop, defined parking as well as extensive garden areas. Extensive community consultation was undertaken by Council throughout the design process to inform local residents of the design.
The finished design incorporates permeable gravel surfaces to protect the existing large cypress boundary trees, integrated with generous garden areas. The existing bus stop is relocated to align with the entrance to the existing outdoor children’s playspace within the park. The finished landscape has provided a dramatic improvement to the address of Blackburn Lake Sanctuary with clear definition of parking areas and pedestrian access along the edge of the sanctuary and into the reserve.