Varna Place Reserve in Keilor Downs has been transformed into a greener space with a new vegetated swale.
Readers might be asking what exactly is a swale.
Swales are sunken channels that are created to collect and transfer stormwater, essentially delaying stormwater run-off and helping to reduce pollutants.
The swale at Varna Place is a mini garden oasis with lots of vegetation, landscaping and trees to create canopy cover and shade.
Council recently added a connecting gravel walking path from Durban Court, making it easier to access and walk around the reserve.
This swale is Council’s first trial of creating a vegetated swale in local reserves.
It’s been a successful outcome that was delivered in partnership with Melbourne Water.
These works are part of Council’s ongoing commitment to sustainable urban landscape design, and improving the biodiversity and amenity of parks.
For over a decade now, Council’s award-winning Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan is breathing new life into Brimbank’s park network.
Since adopting the Plan in 2008, we’ve invested around $38 million and upgraded 116 parks and playgrounds in Brimbank.
Brimbank’s parks have played an important role in supporting the community’s physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They have become important places as many locals make the most of their time outdoors.
Next time you’re in the neighbourhood don’t forget to discover the nearby Green Gully Reserve. The upgraded playground is epic, with so much to do. The whole area is very spacious with plenty of room for picnics, and space for kids to play around.
The actual playground includes a landmark tower, a tunnel, balancing and climbing posts, slides, swing sets, fitness stations and beautiful nature play elements, like stepping stones and several tree plantings and garden beds. There are lots of native bird sculptures, to keep the kids entertained.
Great parks are good for our physical and mental health, so remember to explore what’s new in your local neighbourhood.