Melbourne’s newest urban parkland
Removing nine dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong will open up 22.5 hectares of new community open space – equivalent to 11 MCGs.
How was the open space design developed?
The design for Melbourne’s newest parkland was developed by a team of expert landscape designers. Feedback received from community members, businesses, stakeholders and the Community Open Space Expert Panel also played a significant role in the development of the final design.
The brand new linear park will be a place for residents to relax in. There will be new flowers, grass, trees and shrubs planted, and a series of paths will connect north and south streets, removing the divide between communities.
The linear park will also feature bicycle facilities, drinking fountains, garbage bins, seating areas and fitness stations intermittently along the length of the park.
Trees and vegetation
Thousands of plants and trees will be planted in the new parkland underneath the elevated rail. As this vegetation grows and becomes established, it will provide homes for local birds and wildlife.
New plantings will mostly be native with some exotic species used in appropriate locations. A particular focus has been placed on having a variety of species, which are all resilient to drought.
Mature tree heights will range from 5m to 20m.
The project will provide a 17 kilometre long walking/cycling path. Over 12 kilometres of new path will be built, joining existing paths to create a continuous route from Monash University’s Caulfield Campus to the EastLink Trail.
The path will be user friendly and accessible for everyone. It will be three metres wide and will generally have a one metre clearance on both sides. In high pedestrian areas such as station carparks, separate footpaths will be built.
More car parking
The project will deliver additional car parking spaces at key locations along the corridor, with more than 400 new parking spaces being added. These additional car parking spaces have been achieved without substantially impacting the new linear parkland.
What is being done with the architectural elements salvaged from Carnegie and Murrumbeena stations?
Items salvaged such as station canopy trusses, bluestone and railway tracks will be incorporated into the new linear park. This will link the open space to its local roots, reflecting the historical and ongoing use of the rail corridor.
The project will create seven brand new community spaces which can be used for a number of purposes including sporting activities.
Centre Road west
Centre Road east
What is being done to keep this area safe?
The design team have worked with Victoria Police to ensure that the new community open space minimises crime and enhances safety. Crime prevention through environmental design has been applied.
Lighting will be provided along the linear park, (where existing lighting does not provide sufficient light), at community spaces and at station precincts. At stations, CCTV cameras will also be added to ensure safety and security for commuters.
When will the landscaping be visible?
Works on the new urban parkland will begin once the existing rail line is moved onto the elevated structure and the old tracks are removed.
Vegetation and tree planting will occur at the end of the construction program to minimise damage to trees and plants during construction works. A small percentage of taller trees will be planted. The majority of trees planted will be tube stock, which will grow fast.
How will the new space be maintained?
A $15 million maintenance fund is being provided for the long-term care of the new urban parkland. This will allow for graffiti removal, weeding, cleaning and rubbish collection.
What is being done to manage graffiti?
The project team are applying anti-graffiti coatings, paint cover up systems and planting areas to reduce access to areas that may attract graffiti.
Is the land in the area suitable for use?
Environmental assessments conducted show that the conditions of the land are suitable for use and do not pose any human health risks. In some locations, there is a small amount of contaminant in the top soil, which will be removed before the parkland is open for community use.