Vegetation + Environment
Minoru Park has been cultivated over the years, including clearing for agriculture in the 1800s and establishment of a horse-racing track on the site at the start of the 1900s.
Today, the park has vegetation that has matured over the past century and provides green space valued by park users. There are a number of significant trees throughout the park, including mature heritage trees that line the former race track boundary.
Many of the mature trees are of similar age and it becoming increasingly important to consider their renewal.
The Minoru Lakes were constructed in the 1970s and are clay-lined shallow ponds between 0.15 m to 1.5 m deep. After 40 years, the lakes have begun to deteriorate; the edges of the liner have failed, infill is occurring, and the water quality is very poor. It is becoming more costly and more challenging to maintain the lakes in their current state and future planning for this area is needed.
The existing canal in the centre of the park plays a role in collecting and managing stormwater, but is known to have functional and aesthetic challenges