Seafarers Rest final design unveiled

Seafarers Rest has received its final approval with new images released of the park set to grace the banks of the Yarra River (Birrarung).

Sitting adjacent to Seafarers, the new 3,500 square metre park is designed by Oculus and will provide open space for Seafarers residents and the community with the design receiving approval from the Future Melbourne Committee.

Riverlee development director David Lee says, “Through a highly collaborative process, we are proud to make possible the largest programmed park outside of Birrarrung Marr that allows for connection with the river. Our vision involves a greener Northbank that does not forget the origins of the site. We are entwining history into the park that will ultimately be the gateway to Northbank for those coming via Seafarers Bridge.”

The park is being developed through a consultative process with the community, traditional custodians, local businesses and numerous maritime organisations. The outcome will honour both its First Nation and European maritime history.

“A vital piece of Northbank, Seafarers Rest’s green infrastructure promotes wellbeing through connection to place and a celebration of community and culture. The outcomes we will deliver draws heavily on the relationship to the river and the site’s maritime history which define the unique character of this part of the city and remain important to Melburnians,” says Oculus associate director Claire Martin.

New images show what the approved park, which draws on the site’s maritime heritage, will look like and includes open lawns, play areas, event spaces, seating and an urban forest. The design features maritime-inspired elements such as rope swings and crates while catering to a diverse range of users and functions.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp says, “Seafarers Rest Park will be a valuable link into Docklands, increasing public open space while providing access to our maritime district.”

The project delivers on the City of Melbourne’s Open Space Strategy and has been made possible through a collaboration between Riverlee, the City of Melbourne and the Department of Treasury and Finance.