Mont Albert Park

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Mont Albert Park
Location Corner of Union Road and Carlyle Crescent, Balwyn
Opened 1924
Operated by Boroondara City Council
Public transport access Bus route 284


Mont Albert Park is a park located on the boundary between Balwyn and Mont Albert. It features a playground and large grassed area.

History

An estate subdivided in the mid-1880s was also called 'Mont Albert Park' on Mont Albert Road, but has no relationship with the present-day parkland on Union Road.[1]

The land at the corner of Union Road and Carlyle Crescent was purchased by Camberwell City Council in 1924, who agreed to contribute three-fifths of the land costs - the remaining two-fifths were paid by a local parks committee made up of local residents.[2] A series of fundraising events were held throughout the late 1920s for the Mont Albert School and Park Committee to help pay these costs.[3][4]

Due to interest and agitation from local residents, a series of improvements were made to develop the park into usable open space over the late 1920s. A tree planting scheme was carried out in 1929.[5] . The Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works constructed a new sewer through the land, which Camberwell Council gave permission to proceed somewhat begrudgingly; Cr John Howie agreed "provided the board agreed to finish the work properly".

The present-day Mont Albert Reserve was recommended to be named 'Mont Albert Park' by the Mont Albert Progress Association in 1927. The Association did not appear to have noticed the existing Mont Albert Park.[6]


Facilities

There are no toilets or car parking located within the park. There is a drinking fountain and some small benches.

  1. "Advertising", 14 April 1883, p. 3 (Supplement to The Age). Retrieved on 17 November 2020.
  2. "CAMBERWELL CITY COUNCIL.", 30 July 1926, p. 7. Retrieved on 17 November 2020.
  3. "Advertising", 18 September 1925, p. 4. Retrieved on 17 November 2020.
  4. "MONT ALBERT.", 2 October 1925, p. 5. Retrieved on 17 November 2020.
  5. "IMPROVING CAMBERWELL PARKS.", 19 August 1929, p. 11. Retrieved on 17 November 2020.
  6. "BOROUGH COUNCIL.", 17 December 1926, p. 2. Retrieved on 17 November 2020.