Open spaces contribute to a healthy city and community and the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors through the provision of recreation opportunities and natural environments. Open space can also attract economic benefits, such as through tourism.
Open Space Framework 2018-2029
Council endorsed the Open Space Framework 2020 to 2029 which sets out an 9 year vision to achieve sustainable environmental outcomes and improve our community's health and wellbeing.
The Open Space Framework guides how we determine an Open Space upgrade. View the endorsed Open Space Plan for more information. All Open Spaces are considered in a works program and are assessed by Council. To find out more about the process, see our endorsed Open Space Methodology.
The works program is considered City-wide and is based upon:
Age of asset
Area of need (e.g. High or Low open space provision)
Alignment of works programs across Council
Principles within the Open Space Plan
We will continue to monitor and maintain assets until they can be upgraded. The Open Space Methodology determines when we will consult with the community when an Open Space is being upgraded.
How do I find my local reserve/playground in the Open Space Plan?
To find a specific reserve or playground you first need to know what ward it is located in. To find this our visit the wards page Wards | City of Marion.
Alternatively, you can search the PDF document by clicking on the magnifying glass in the top left corner. Type the name of the reserve or playground to search the document.
Are playgrounds upgraded as part of the Open Space Framework?
Within the Open Space Framework, the reserve is looked at as a whole, including the playground. Where a playground is being upgraded or built, the whole reserve will be planned and upgraded.
How do you decide what reserves get upgraded or removed?
We have considered all of our playgrounds, reserves and open space areas through this Framework. We have analysed and identified areas that require immediate, short term and long term work. We continue to audit and assess the quality and life of Council assets.
How do you decide how much money gets spent at each site?