5Open space provision

Design Outcome

Within a subdivision, consider the location, type, and amount of open space and other public amenities provided. Enhance existing networks and provide a variety of open spaces for different uses.

​​​​​​​​​Not all open spaces are the same. Large fields allow for informal and organised sports play. Smaller and more intimate areas allow neighbours to meet and supervise children’s play, while longer and varied spaces connect places and provide for recreational walks. 

Streets are our most important public spaces as people gain enjoyment from a pleasant and safe street with many activities and buildings occurring along it. Very small pocket parks (other than within road reserves) can also be very valuable to locals. However, these are typically more successful when provided as communal open spaces, rather than as public space, as this allows much greater flexibility in location and design.​​

Better Design Practice

  • Consider the type of open space and recreational activities that will benefit future residents the most. 
  • Try to physically connect to, expand on or compliment existing open space networks, rather than creating similar open spaces to those that already exist. 
  • Locate public open spaces for recreation on flat, usable land in accessible and obvious locations. 
  • Locate public open spaces for ecological or habitat protection so that they can be seen by people, but are not exposed to interference.

Rules of Thumb

1. Identify and assess the quality of existing open space and public accessible areas in the surrounding area before determining and designing such areas within a new subdivision.