With social changes, there is increasing demand for evening use, and developments in lighting technology create a range of opportunities to enhance the night appeal of gardens as well as their safety.
Interestingly the existing lighting gave a random light glow throughout parks but did not address pedestrian routes, colour rendition and lighting costs.
The strategy recommends a prioritisation of routes, a reduction in lighting after midnight for cost saving purposes, a change to Metal halide for better rendition and facial recognition and a suite of pole which reduced direct lighting and promoted refraction.
The overall strategy provides a rationale for comprehensive park lighting, and individual park strategies show how the rationale would be applied.
The strategy, which was a first of its kind in Australia, has been fully implemented. co-authored with Paul Laycock
City of Melbourne
Melbourne , VIC
All 14 major parks and gardens within the city
First Open Space lighting strategy in Australia