The Andrews Government is considering drastic changes to Albert Park.

New plans for the park could see the golf course developed into a major events space complete with a minigolf course and improved fitness and picnic areas. The popular driving range could be shifted and the current 18 holes reduced to nine under the new proposal.

Reducing the number of holes would create more space for a variety of sporting grounds. But, as reported by the Herald Sun (pay wall), some golfers are upset their fairway could be reduced dramatically.

A pedestrian bridge crossing the lake from east to west, with city views, has been proposed.

A lakeside promenade will include improved fitness and picnic areas; it’s modelled on the “Tan” running track at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Temporary road closures during weekends, public holidays and off-peak periods have been suggested to encourage cycling. Under the plan speed limits could be reduced from 60 kilometres per hour to 40 kilometres per hour.

Albert Park Labor MP Martin Foley is encouraging the community to review the plans and voice its concerns or give input while the Andrews Government considers the proposal.

View the plans here.

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