About the Local Parks Program

The Local Parks Program creates green spaces for local communities to relax, enjoy and play in. Parks provide communities in dense, urban areas with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of green open space such as relaxing, socialising and exercising. Parks also provide a cooling effect to help combat Melbourne's increasingly hotter summers.

The Local Parks Program is providing funding for:

  • $35 million for 29 new pocket parks, which may include a range of features such as seating, shade or play equipment .
  • $5 million towards 14 off-leash dog parks, which are local spaces specifically designed for people to connect with and exercise their dogs .
  • $10 million towards revitalisation of existing parks with facilities such as new and improved playgrounds, landscaping, picnic and toilet facilities.

Latest news

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has announced the successful recipients of grants for park upgrades under the Parks Revitalisation Grants Program.

This follows previous announcements for a total of 14 new dog parks and 29 pocket parks have been announced as successful recipients of grants under the Local Parks Program. The planning, design and construction for these parks is already well underway. Park locations were selected to ensure they are easily accessible by public transport, well-linked to bike and walking trails, or road.

14 new dog parks

COUNCIL

PROJECT 

FUNDING ($)

Boroondara City Council

Gordon Barnard Reserve Dog Park, Balwyn North

275,000

Brimbank City Council

Cairnlea Dog Park, Cairnlea

275,000

Casey City Council

Casey Fields Dog Park, Cranbourne East

275,000

Hume City Council

Merrifield Dog Park, Mickleham

275,000

Kingston City Council

Roy Dore Dog Park, Carrum

275,000

Knox City Council

Emerson Place Reserve Dog Park, Rowville

275,000

Maroondah City Council

Parkwood Reserve Dog Park, Ringwood North

275,000

Maribyrnong City Council

Thompson Reserve Dog Park, Maribyrnong

275,000

Moonee Valley City Council

Cliff Whitworth Reserve Dog Park, Essendon West

275,000

Nillumbik Shire Council

Eltham North Dog Park, Eltham North

275,000

Port Phillip City Council

MO Moran Reserve Dog Park, Elwood

275,000

Stonnington City Council

Thomas Oval Dog Park, South Yarra

275,000

Whitehorse City Council

Simpson Park Dog Park, Mitcham

275,000

Wyndham City Council

Bulban Road Dog Park, Werribee

275,000

29 new pocket parks

COUNCIL

PROJECT

FUNDING ($)

Banyule City Council

Were Street Reserve Pocket Park, Montmorency

1,300,000

Banyule City Council

Waterdale Road Pocket Park, Ivanhoe

1,300,000

Brimbank City Council

Leslie Street Pocket Park, St Albans

1,147,000

Brimbank City Council

Glengala Pocket Park, Sunshine West

400,000

Brimbank City Council

Cary Street Pocket Park, Sunshine North

1,120,000

Darebin City Council

Oakover Pocket Park, Preston

400,000

Frankston City Council

Evelyn Street Pocket Park, Frankston

1,300,000

Glen Eira City Council

Bentleigh Plaza Pocket Park, Bentleigh

1,300,000

Glen Eira City Council

Aileen Avenue Pocket Park, Caulfield South

1,300,000

Greater Dandenong City Council

Herbert Street Pocket Park, Dandenong

550,000

Kingston City Council

Horscroft Place Pocket Park, Moorabbin

700,000

Maribyrnong City Council

Birmingham Street Pocket Park, Yarraville

1,037,657

Maribyrnong City Council

Warde and Whitehall Streets Pocket Park, Footscray

1,300,000

Melbourne City Council

Bedford Street Pocket Park, North Melbourne

1,031,330

Monash City Council

Cambridge Street Pocket Park, Oakleigh

700,000

Monash City Council

Cameron Avenue Pocket Park, Oakleigh South

900,000

Monash City Council

Westerfield Drive Reserve Pocket Park, Notting Hill

400,000

Moonee Valley City Council

Mount Alexander Road Triangle Pocket Park, Flemington

700,000

Moonee Valley City Council

Pattison Street Pocket Park, Moonee Ponds

740,000

Moonee Valley City Council

Strathaird Reserve (southern portion) Pocket Park, Strathmore

1,300,000

Moreland City Council

Frith Street Pocket Park, Brunswick

1,300,000

Moreland City Council

Cardinal Road Pocket Park, Glenroy

1,300,000

Nillumbik Shire Council

Andrew Park Pocket Park, Eltham

1,300,000

Port Phillip City Council

Kings Place Plaza Pocket Park, South Melbourne

1,300,000

Port Phillip City Council

Palais Theatre Forecourt Pocket Park, St Kilda

1,300,000

Stonnington City Council

Mount Street Pocket Park, Prahran

1,300,000

Stonnington City Council

Regent Street Pocket Park, Prahran

1,300,000

Yarra City Council

Cambridge Street Pocket Park, Collingwood

1,300,000

Yarra City Council

Otter and Smith Streets Pocket Park, Collingwood

1,191,900

Parks Revitalisation Grants Program

The $10 million Parks Revitalisation Grants Program will give existing local parks new life to promote visitor numbers and to welcome a variety of different park users.

On 30 April 2021 the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio announced funding of $10.2 million for 41 park revitalisation projects. Click the button below for more information and a list of grant recipients.

Parks Revitalisation Grants Program

More funding for off-leash dog parks

An investment of $2.5 million for the creation of an additional 17 new off-leash dog parks in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne has been announced as part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which provides $2.7 billion towards projects, big and small, to get thousands of people back to work. This is on top of the $154 million Suburban Parks Program.

COUNCIL

PROJECT

FUNDING ($)

Ararat Rural City Council

Alexandra Avenue Dog Park, Ararat

85,439

City of Ballarat

James Reserve Dog Park, Buninyong

40,000

Shire of Baw Baw

Dowton Park Dog Park, Yarragon

177,000

Cardinia Shire Council

Don Jackson Reserve Dog Park, Pakenham

275,000

Greater Dandenong City Council

Tirhatuan Park Dog Park, Dandenong North

153,500

Frankston City Council

Sandfield Reserve Dog Park, Carrum Downs

87,000

City of Greater Geelong

Barwon River Dog Park, Belmont

225,000

Glenelg Shire Council

Henty Park Dog Park, Portland

85,000

Hobsons Bay City Council

PA Burns Reserve Dog Park, Altona

275,000

Melton City Council

Avoca Street Dog Park, Eynesbury

275,000

Mildura Rural City Council

Rio Vista Park Dog Park, Mildura

192,937

Mitchell Shire Council

East Street Dog Park, Kilmore

30,000

Greater Shepparton City Council

Princess Park Dog Park, Shepparton

157,568

Swan Hill Rural City Council

Barry Steggall Park Dog Park, Swan Hill

80,000

City of Whittlesea

Redleap Reserve Dog Park, Mill Park

250,000

Yarra Ranges Council

Belgrave Lake Park Dog Park, Belgrave

100,000

Yarriambiack Shire Council

Rotary Park Dog Park, Warracknabeal

12,000

More information

To send an enquiry please contact the Local Parks Program.

Page last updated: 30/04/21