Eight new Melbourne parks by 2021

Picture a green oasis that’s more than twice the size of the MCG. By 2021, you’ll have this much more parkland in the city where you can exercise, play and relax.

The eight new parks have been made possible through our investments and partnerships in a number of ambitious projects. They will feature hundreds of new trees, tranquil gardens, playgrounds, picnic areas and much more.

Even tram tracks are going green in Southbank, where more than 4000 plants are beginning to bloom on the new tramway, including native pig face and everlasting daisies.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said this 36,000-square metre expansion of open space is the city’s biggest since 2002.

‘We are working to create the brightest future for everyone who lives, works and plays in our city as it rapidly grows, to promote wellbeing and respond to issues such as climate change,’ the Lord Mayor said.

‘For 30 years we’ve been making carefully-planned, incremental changes to our streetscapes and public spaces for people to enjoy, and we’re just getting started.

‘We aim to increase open space by a massive 240,000 square metres over the next 15 years, as set out in our Open Space Strategy. That’s equivalent to more than 12 MCGs.’

To find out more, visit City Projects.

Fast fact
Did you know that the City of Melbourne currently manages more than 4,500,000 square metres of open space? That’s almost 12 per cent of the municipality.

New parks

Southbank Boulevard
Wander through 2.5 hectares of green open space on your way to a show in Melbourne’s premier arts and cultural precinct. We’re investing $47 million in this transformation of our most densely-populated suburb.

Market Street Park, Melbourne
Have a quiet lunch in the first central-city park to be created since City Square was developed in the 1980s. This grey-to-green transformation will include the conversion of 1300 square metres of underused roadway.

Boyd Park, Southbank
Visiting the library or playgroup at the Boyd Community Hub? Make a day of it with a family barbecue at this new park, right next door. There will also be spaces for quiet relaxation, and a communal garden.

Seafarers Rest, Docklands
See this North Wharf park renewed as part of a major development. The design will be pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, retain existing trees where possible and protect neighbouring heritage sites. To find out more, visit Seafarers Rest.

Lincoln Square, Carlton
Bring the kids to enjoy the new treehouse-inspired playground that will be part of this improved and expanded park, and connect with the growing local community. Expect new trees, lighting, pathways and expanded open space.

West Melbourne parks
Stroll around the once-industrial area of West Melbourne to find three new and expanded parks at Hawke and Adderley, Railway and Miller, and Stawell streets. These parks are now open for the community to enjoy.