After the Point Cook Pop Up Park’s 2018 maiden voyage, there was much debate as to whether it would return in 2019. Thanks to a successful campaign for funding from the Pick My Project initiative, the Park is back and better than ever!
“Pick My Project is a $30 million community grants initiative empowering Victorians to come up with project ideas that will help make their local community an even better place to live.” Ideas by the people – for the people.
Achieving the second highest number of votes of any proposed project in the Western region, the people of Point Cook have spoken. The Pop Up Park also being one of the first successful projects selected for (and receiving) funding in Victoria.
What started out as a dream to ‘Connect the Heart of Point Cook,’ has transformed into an ever-evolving community-lead project, consistently bringing people together.
Susan McIntyre and Sara Mitchell, lead an impressively large team of volunteers, with strong support from Frank Pizi and the team at Stockland, as well as the Point Cook Action Group, Wyndham City Council and countless other local businesses.
The ideas keep flowing, as the community finds new and exciting ways to capitalize on this brilliant space – a space designed to bring together the 60,000+ people that call this suburb home. “It’s location in the restaurant precinct was intended to create a focal point where people could meet, enjoy time together and get to know one another.”
Learning from the 2018 pilot Park, the team are excited to build upon past successes. With free outdoor cinema, yoga classes, art classes, workshops, group training, games, cultural celebrations and live music and entertainment, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy in the coming months.
The Pop Up Park will also act as the perfect backdrop for the upcoming Lunar New Year Festival – another community lead project, being held on February 16th at the Point Cook Town Centre – an event growing in popularity, with over 20,000 people in attendance in 2018.
The Point Cook Pop Up Park will thrive, as people search for ways to reconnect with their neighbours. Talk to strangers. Find some common ground. Support local.
*For information regarding the Pop Up Park program of events, head to https://www.pointcookpopuppark.com.au – running until April 28th.