Suburban Parks. They're in our nature

Suburban parkland is important to Melburnians. It’s where families create memories. It’s where we connect with nature and each other.

Small park in suburban area with raised garden bed, small grass area and bench seat

Suburban parks give

  • native plants and animals a home
  • support healthy rivers and creeks
  • and help us combat climate change.

They’re a place for picnics, playing, running and fun.

Spending time in nature is also good for our mental health and wellbeing.

Because they’re so important, we committed investment of $154 million in the 2019/20 state budget to suburban parks, which will make Melbourne the parks capital of Australia.

More than 6,500 hectares of new and upgraded parks and trails will be created across greater Melbourne. Growing suburbs like Clyde, Wyndham and Sunbury and established suburbs like Mill Park, Dingley and Surrey Hills will get open space equivalent to at least 180 Royal Botanic Gardens.

The project includes

  • new walking and bike trails
  • 16 off-leash dog parks
  • 25 pocket parks
  • and much more.

The Suburban Parks program will boost tourism and park visitation, jobs and investment across the state.

More information about these exciting parks project will be available soon. In the meantime, you can contact the Suburban Parks project team for further information.

Project updates

Local Parks Program

Dalmation dog jumping up in the air in enclosed park

The Local Parks Program will create:

  • 25 new pocket parks
  • 16 off-leash enclosed dog parks and
  • upgrades to existing parks including new playgrounds, landscaping, toilets and picnic facilities.

The program vision is to provide much-needed recreation space and green our suburbs in built-up urban areas of metropolitan Melbourne.

To find out where the investment will go and how it will benefit us view the Local Parks Program fact sheet (DOCX, 4.4 MB).

New park guidelines

This web page will be regularly updated with new information about the progress of this exciting program.

Page last updated: 26/09/19