Project update

The City of Port Phillip advises that there will be a delay to Council’s consideration of the report regarding submissions received as part of the proposed road closure process associated with the Cobden Street Pocket Park project.

During the community consultation for the road closure for the pop-up park it became apparent that the surrounding developments are likely to significantly delay deliverability of the project. Due to this Council have reconsidered the project timeline. While a formal decision has not been made, it is likely the project will be postponed until after the developments are complete.

The report will be considered at an Ordinary Council meeting to be held in October 2022.

Cobden Street Pocket Park remains an important project for Council and is included in the actions for the Public Space Strategy and the Domain Public Realm Masterplan. The community will be invited to provide feedback on any future design development.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

To register to speak at this meeting, or for more information about Council meetings visit the Council meetings page on our website.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the project team via ASSIST at or 9209 6777.

The Domain Precinct is rapidly becoming one of the City’s fastest growing neighbourhoods. City-shaping projects like the Victorian Government’s Metro Tunnel are transforming the way people move and live in the precinct. Domain is also becoming more densely populated, with several large developments expected to become home to thousands of new residents over the coming decade.

Cobden Street Pocket Park part of the Kings Place Plaza project in the Domain Precinct Public Realm Masterplan, which aims to deliver a new safe shared space and local gathering place, a public plaza with opportunities for community events and improved pedestrian connections to public transport

This new open space for the local community will deliver on a critical part of our wider strategic approach for the Domain Precinct, which includes a review of parking across the precinct, upgrading parking on Bank Street and streetscape improvements for Park Street.

To create this new open space for the local community, Cobden Street and part of Kings Place will need to be converted to a road reserve through a statutory road closure process under the Local Government Act 1989.

As part of this process, Council will consider a permanent full closure of Cobden Street and part closure of Kings Place to become a one-way road from Kings Way to Palmerston Crescent at its 8 December 2021 Ordinary Council meeting. The Council Report is available from Friday 3 December 2021 on the Council Meetings page of our website at 2021 meetings and agendas - The City of Port Phillip.

Feedback from the local community through the development of the Domain Precinct Public Realm Masterplan has helped shape the concept design, which includes:

  • changing a section of Cobden Street to a road reserve to create a pocket park
  • changing Kings Place into a one-way street, with traffic running in one direction from Kings Way to Palmerston Crescent
  • removal of existing on-street parking to construct kerb extensions and garden beds
  • creation of a central plaza and meeting place
  • informal planting
  • establishment of a central lawn area and seat walls
  • significant upgrades to the public lighting
  • additional tree planting.

You can view the full Concept Design Report here or in the Document Library to the right.

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