To create more opportunities for everyone to connect with nature, we’re developing and upgrading 14 large suburban parks and parklands linking smaller parks in Melbourne’s established and growing suburbs.
We are now working across the state and local government, with Traditional Owners and the community to develop these parks.
Together, these open spaces will improve liveability for local communities, help protect our native wildlife and create jobs and investment in growing suburbs. They include:
- Cardinia Creek Parklands
- Clyde Regional Park
- Frankston to Mornington Parklands
- Greening the Pipeline, the transformation of the Main Outfall Sewer into a linear park in the City of Wyndham
- Jacksons Creek Parklands
- Kororoit Creek Regional Park
- Quarry Hills Parklands
- Sandbelt Parklands
- Seaford Wetlands
- Toolern Regional Park
- Upper Merri Creek Parklands
- Wattle Park
- Werribee River Regional Park
- Werribee Township Regional Park
We’re also investigating a potential park in Wallan.
Creating 3 new regional parks
We’re establishing 3 new regional parks to give communities in Melbourne’s growing west and south-east suburbs more opportunities to connect with nature and recreation.
These public open spaces will improve lifestyle options for local communities, help protect our native wildlife, increase climate change resilience, attract visitors and create jobs.
The Cardinia Creek Parklands is planned to be in the Berwick/ Officer South area. We are working with landowners and managers to link up land across an area of just over 500 hectares to protect nationally significant creekside conservation areas and provide recreation opportunities. A park plan will be prepared, and some park assets to improve community access will be built.
Some of the parks that will be linked are:
- Cardinia Creek Parklands
- Cardinia Creek Nature Conservation Reserve
- Berwick Recreation Reserve
- Akoonah Park Reserve
- Bob Burgess Reserve
- Cardinia Creek Retarding Basins
- Manna Gum Park.
There are many beautiful green open spaces throughout the Frankston and Mornington region showcasing the natural landscape. We are working with land owners and managers to create new open space links. These links could be via walking and cycling access, signage and branding, habitat connection or others. A plan will be prepared and some park assets to improve community access will be built. Some of the parks that will be linked are:
- Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve Studio Park
- Dame Elizabeth Arboretum
- Cruden Farm
- Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve
- Baxter Park
- Sages Cottages
- Moorooduc Quarry
We are ‘greening’ the Main Outfall Sewer (MOS) in City of Wyndham to create new open space between Lawrie Emmins Reserve and Skeleton Creek with a community connection theme. We will also include sustainability infrastructure such as stormwater harvesting.
The vision for Greening the Pipeline is to create a vibrant space that will connect communities, enhance active transport options for the region, manage water sensitively and provide a unique space to meet, play and relax.
We are partnering with the local municipality, City of Wyndham to deliver this great project. Visit the project’s Greening the pipeline website for more information.
The Jacksons Creek Parklands is planned to be from Diggers Rest to Sunbury. We are working with land owners and managers to link up land across an area of just over 1000 hectares to protect new areas for biodiversity and connect trails and open spaces. A park plan will be prepared, and some park assets to improve community access will be built. Some of the parks that will be linked are:
- Holden Flora Reserve
- The Nook
- Apex Park
- Vista Park
- Emu Bottom Wetlands
- the Glade Reserve
Quarry Hills Parklands already offers beautiful natural landscapes and great city views. It’s set to get even better, more than doubling in size, reaching into Mernda and Wollert and bringing parts of Darebin Creek within its boundaries. It will also connect with the Darebin Creek Trail. The study area for the park is approximately 1,000 hectares. The project builds on the great work already done by the City of Whittlesea. Some park assets to improve community access will be built.
The Sandbelt Parklands will create one, continuous green open space through Melbourne’s bayside suburbs. This chain of parks will run between Moorabbin and Dingley Village, offering walking and cycling paths, connecting the community with sporting fields and providing adventure play areas for the kids. The project includes the preparation of a park plan and land acquisition.
The Seaford Wetlands is recognised as a site of important international biodiversity under the Ramsar convention. The wetlands are also enjoyed for their recreational values. To support improved protection and access, funding is committed for upgrades to walking paths and facilities, landscaping and environmental works.
The project adopts a collaborative approach with the existing land managers, Frankston City Council and Melbourne Water, to maximise environmental works and recreational/access infrastructure upgrades.
Once completed, the 110-hectare Toolern Regional Park near Melton South will offer locals and visitors a beautiful place to cycle, walk, picnic and play.
It will also be a great place for the local wildlife, protecting the area’s unique natural environment, including the habitat of the critically endangered Growling Grass Frog. A park plan will be prepared, and some park assets will be built.
The Upper Merri Creek Parklands is planned to be from Campbellfield to Beveridge. The project team is working with land owners and managers to link up land across an area of just over 2500 hectares to protect new areas for biodiversity and connect trails and open spaces. A park plan will be prepared and some park assets to improve community access will be built. Some of the parks that will be linked are:
- Craigieburn Grasslands
- Cooper St Grasslands
- Barry Road Grasslands
- Donnybrook Reserve
- Galada Tamboore
Wattle Park, managed by Parks Victoria, is located approximately 13 kilometres east of Melbourne CBD in Burwood. It offers a blend of historic buildings, picnic grounds, walking tracks and natural bush spread over 55 hectares.
Towering gums, native grasses, seasonal wildflowers and a range of recreation opportunities have made it a popular metropolitan escape since its opening in 1917.
This project will deliver a new 3.5-kilometre tan-style running track and a new children’s playground.
Werribee River Regional Park, a 223-hectare park near Werribee South, will give the local community and the thousands of people moving to the region each year more access to scenic parkland.
Upgrades to the park will be a shared trail that will link the park, the picturesque Werribee River and the Werribee Open Range Zoo and surrounding tourism precinct. The park will offer new opportunities for recreation, while protecting the environment and native wildlife.
A park plan will be prepared and some park assets to improve community access will be built.
A study will conduct a corridor-wide assessment with the aim of providing increased open space within the northern growth corridor of Melbourne. The assessment will consider the location, opportunities and challenges for creating a regional park. It will also consider potential linkages with the proposed Upper Merri Creek Parklands.
The study will include:
- assessment of strategic need
- identification of available and suitable land; and
- recommendations for any proposed park.
Page last updated: 30/04/21