Our great outdoors and pocket parks help to build resilience

Published on 22 July 2020

Pocket Park Mural

Stonnington’s open spaces, pedestrian and cycle paths have experienced record use this year, underlining the importance of recreation to physical and mental wellbeing.

North Ward Councillor and keen sportsman Matthew Koce said he was delighted to see so many people using open spaces to maintain fitness and a sense of community connection.

"It has been gratifying to see the increased use of our parks and gardens, and our walking and cycling paths, because exercise is an essential part of building community resilience," he said.

"Even our small pocket parks have come into their own. Thanks to Council's Open Space Strategy – adopted in 2013 when I was Mayor – we have been able to transform dilapidated old sites into wonderful parks for people to enjoy, such as the corner of Balmoral and Perry Street Prahran – a wonderful new gateway site to the iconic Prahran Market.

"I am also thrilled to see community sports on the way back. I hope this ‘rediscovery’ of the benefits of exercise continues well into the future. It's really disappointing we have had to once again close our pools, but I look forward to the pools reopening. I also look forward to reconnecting with my fellow swimmers when we have overcome this major challenge."


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