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02 Oct 2017

Designs for the 22.5 hectares of open space created as part of Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project have been finalised and the new public facilities we’re building will be ready to be enjoyed from late in 2018.

The 11 MCG’s worth of open space – created by the removal of nine dangerous and congested crossings – is one of the biggest releases of urban parkland Melbourne has ever seen.

The design includes landscaped parks, paths and recreation facilities, all able to be built by elevating the rail line in sections where the crossings are being taken out.

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.

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.

A 17-kilometre walking and cycling path will run all the way from Caulfield to the Eastlink Trail in Yarraman, linking together sections of existing track to form a continuous route. The path will feature rest stops, public bike pumps, and exercise stations.

Voting on possible names for the path has now closed – thank you to everyone who participated. The winning name will be announced soon.

A detailed account of the community consultation program can be seen in the Open Space Consultation Report, which was released in 2017.

In August 2017, we also published the Community Open Space Expert Panel Report which highlighted the panel’s feedback and recommendations.

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 when the current rail line has been moved onto the elevated structure and the old tracks are removed.

Until 9 March 2018, you can help name the path by voting for your preference.

Head to the Your Level Crossing to cast a vote.

A detailed account of the community consultation program can be seen in the Open Space Consultation Report, which was released in 2017.

In August 2017, we also published the Community Open Space Expert Panel Report which highlighted the panel’s feedback and recommendations.

Plans for the park include $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 when the current rail line has been moved onto the elevated structure and the old tracks are removed.

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