The Level Crossing Removal Authority is removing nine dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong by elevating the rail line in three sections. As well as making the community safer and less congested, the innovative design will also create 22.5 hectares of new community open space.
This open space will transform a narrow corridor into Melbourne’s newest urban parkland.
Designs for the 22.5 hectares of open space created as part of the project have been finalised and the new public facilities we’re building will be ready to be enjoyed from late in 2018.
The design includes a linear parkland, a 17-kilometre walking/cycling path which will extend from Monash University’s Caulfield Campus to the East Link Trail and seven new recreational areas for the community to enjoy.
Plans for the linear park were the result of extensive guidance from nearby communities and the advice of a specially-formed Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) led by Royal Botanic Gardens chief executive Tim Entwisle.
In August 2017, we released the Community Open Space Expert Panel Report which highlighted the panel’s feedback and recommendations for the project’s 22.5 hectares of new open space.
We also released the Open Space Consultation Report which highlighted the feedback, ideas and recommendations received from the community, businesses and stakeholders and how they have been incorporated into the open space design.
About two-thirds of COSEP’s recommendations have been incorporated into the designs.
A key recommendation from the panel was that spaces earmarked for recreation should have ‘something for everyone’, appealing to all ages. As such, dog parks, futsal, and bouldering all feature in the park alongside more traditional picnic seating, barbecues and basketball facilities.
Other highlights include:
- more than 430 commuter car spaces being added along the Caulfield to Dandenong corridor
- heritage features from station buildings – including bluestone and iron latticework, featured throughout
- two off-leash dog parks included to address a lack of these facilities in Melbourne’s south east.
All up, more than 4,000 trees will be planted to green up the new open space and nearby parks and reserves, including hundreds gifted to local councils and community groups.
Voting on possible names for the shared use path has now closed – thank you to everyone who participated. The winning name will be announced soon.
Plans for the park include a $15 million maintenance fund for the long-term care of the new open space. This will allow for graffiti removal, weeding, cleaning and rubbish collection.
The new urban park will be complete in late 2018. Works will kick off once the current rail line has been moved onto the elevated structure and the old tracks are removed.
In order to minimise damage to trees and plants during construction works, we will be planting vegetation and trees last.
Caulfield to Dandenong - Open Space Area Plot 1
Caulfield to Dandenong - Open Space Area Plot 2
Caulfield to Dandenong - Open Space Area Plot 3
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