What is open space?

    There are many types and interpretations of open space. The 2012 strategy defines it as 'land that is publicly accessible and provided for community benefit (e.g. recreation park, linear trail, sportsground, natural area). Public realm refers to external publicly accessible places that are part of the urban fabric e.g. plazas, squares, main streets, jetties, waterfronts, building edges.' In addition the draft 2018 strategy emphasises the coast with beaches and foreshore reserves as important open space that residents and visitors value very highly, along with street spaces. New types of open space are being created in busy cities on footpaths, rooftops, and other public places that can be repurposed for public benefit.

    Who do I contact for more information?

    Strategic Planner, Commercial & Strategic Services 8229 9999

    Has any engagement been done prior to this?

    During a 4 week period in March-April 2018 we sought community views on the value of our council open space and how it is being and will be used, and invited suggestions to improve our public open spaces.This draft Open Space and Public Realm Strategy 2018 has been informed by that community engagement through Your View Holdfast.

    How many people provided feedback in the March/April engagement?

    228 surveys were completed and 91 people, mostly local residents, attended the 6 ‘travelling conversations’ or drop ins at various open space locations to discuss open space matters with staff. A further 72 comments were made on the online mapping tool and by email and phone. 

    What was the feedback?

    The feedback in the first Phase of engagement was that our open space is important particularly for relaxation and general enjoyment, and for exercise and fitness. The beach and foreshore areas are highly valued and well used.  Parks and reserves throughout the city are also highly valued for a range of passive and active recreational pursuits. The reserves and facilities in the Glenelg area and Kingston Park/Seacliff were particularly popular. Spaces were considered to generally be well maintained with a good range of facilities. 50 of the 75+ parks and reserve areas were mentioned at least once by respondents.
    A number of suggestions were made to improve quality and use of open spaces, ranging from more shade and sheltered seating, drinking fountains and taps for people and pets, more kiosks and cafes, additional or upgraded toilets, improved paths and walkways, more indigenous and natural plantings, more management of users of shared spaces eg bike /walking paths. There were a number of mixed views about off leash dogs, and use of open space by fitness groups and others for more commercial activities (predominantly that open space should be accessible to all at no cost). Overall the primary response supported the continued focus on providing good quality open space, accessible and benefiting all users.

    What has changed?

    The recent feedback from the community is largely consistent with views expressed in 2011/12 and reinforces the directions in the implementation plan. The coast and beach are considered by the CHB respondents to be a significant open space asset and has prompted increased acknowledgement and integration in this version of the strategy. The way we organise the consideration of open space has also been simplified.  The revised strategy considers the open space in a 4 level hierarchy with the same types of open space classification with actions organised under 5 main strategies. To assist with choice of materials, management and maintenance an overlay of 3 classifications has been introduced - coastal, inland parks and reserves and public realm. The simplified hierarchy is consistent with the categorisation used in other council documents for asset management, community facility planning, play space planning and other purposes, and will allow strategic directions for each space to be more simply stated.

    How do I provide feedback?

    YOU CAN PROVIDE COMMENTS BY +WRITING - 
    Your View:Open Space    Reply PAID 61    City of Holdfast Bay    PO BOX 19    BRIGHTON SA 5048 +EMAIL -  mail@holdfast.sa.gov.au +ONLINE  -  www.yourviewholdfast.com/openspace+In Person at Brighton Civic Centre, 24 Jetty Road, Brighton

    What happens to my feedback?

    It will be used to check the strategies and actions of the draft  2018 Open Space and Public Realm Strategy to identify confirm how open space will  managed and improvements implemented.

    What are the next steps?

    This revised (consolidated and simplified) version of the strategy will be adjusted with feedback from this second round of engagement and adopted for the next strategy period to guide investment, management and use of public open space in the City of Holdfast Bay.