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Community Spaces

Melbourne’s north is one of Victoria’s fastest growing areas

The Mernda Rail Extension Project is building eight kilometres of new rail line and transforming the way people live, work and travel in and around the area.

The rail project is delivering three exciting new community spaces – including a long-awaited skate park – to the rapidly growing communities between South Morang and Mernda.

These new areas will provide play, sporting and community spaces under three elevated sections of rail, with landscaping and the new shared walking and cycling path linking existing neighbourhoods.

The spaces are immediately south of Mernda Station, immediately north of Hawkstowe Station, and at The Parkway, adjacent to Mernda Park Primary School.

The areas have been carefully designed to appeal to people of all ages, with a focus on children and teens.

Safety, security, sustainability, accessibility and durability are key features of the areas, which were carefully designed with input from the City of Whittlesea and stakeholders.

Timber and stone reclaimed from the project will be used in landscaping and seating, reflecting the rural identity of the area.

Shared use path

The community will be able to use the new spaces when the rail project is completed.

Access will be from Mernda Station, Hawkstowe Station, the shared walking and cycling path, and local streets. View our interactive map for more information.

The Parkway

Between Hawkstowe and Mernda stations, The Parkway community space will quickly become a favourite with the kids. With play equipment, mounds and logs, children can also play on logs and boulders salvaged from the building project. Parents and carers can relax on the rock wall seats.


With a half-size basketball court and fitness and play equipment, this will be a great space for families. Seats will be strategically placed while soft landscape planting acts as an informal barrier.


The community has wanted a skate park for years – and now it’s happening. The new skate park is immediately south of the station and will be integrated with the future Mernda Town Centre. The skate park will include ramps, ledges, rails and obstacles. Play features at Mernda will challenge children and adults in climbing and bouldering, while others can watch from terraced and rock wall seating among garden beds and trees.

Mernda rail community space map

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