The Esplanade Closure
The initial consultation period for the Esplanade Closure has now closed. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this process. Your feedback is now being collated. To received updates on this project click on the follow button at the top of the screen.
The closure of the Esplanade, as trialed for the last two summers, seeks to link the beachfront with nearby reserves, the Altona Lifesaving Club and the many cafes and shops on Pier Street, while improving pedestrian safety in one of the western suburbs' most popular summer hotspots.
While the last two summers trials have proven successful, it is now time to decide what happens in this space permanently.
During previous community consultation relating to the closure of the Esplanade, we heard that the majority of people were supportive of the closure and enjoyed spending time in the pedestrian only space with family and friends. However, there was concern about the limited shade provision in the space and that it still 'felt like a road'.
Positive feedback was received regarding the pop-up park and the activation within this space including the seating, beach huts, basketball hoops, table tennis and other games. The community commented that this turned the space into a destination rather than a space to only pass through.
A significant portion of the community supported the permanent closure of the Esplanade. However, there were mixed results on whether this should be a permanent year-round closure or whether the closure should occur only during summer.
Construction of the Esplanade closure will commence approximately 2023
Please click here to view the What We Heard report.