Civil and landscaping tenders will be issued by the City of Melbourne as part of a $42 million investment to create a new open space in the city’s most densely populated suburb.
Construction is set to begin on the 5000 square metre Boyd Park in spring as part of the project, which will include the demolition of a 1960s school building in Southbank.
Major tram works on Southbank Boulevard have been completed, including the creation of a new accessible tram stop, new tram infrastructure and the city’s first planted tram track.
More than 4000 plants along tram tracks on Southbank Boulevard to create a new public open space.
Adelaide has similar green tram tracks at Victoria Square, along with the Melbourne suburb of Box Hill.
City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said she is delighted that construction on Boyd Park will begin soon.
“Delivery of this open space is incredibly important because the population of Southbank is expected to grow by more than 50 per cent in the next 20 years to more than 48,000. Providing more parks as density increases is essential for a liveable city,” Cr Capp said.
“The final design of Boyd Park is a result of a collaborative consultation process with Southbank residents and businesses and will include facilities for young families, a communal garden, leafy grassed spaces and improved pedestrian and cycle connections.
Cr Capp also said it is fantastic to see the native pig face flowers and everlasting daisies planted, with the first flowers now blooming.
“This ground-breaking project will create much-needed public open space in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct and a neighbourhood we are seeing an increasing number of people call home,” Cr Capp said.
“The project will create 2.5 hectares of new public open space connecting Domain Parklands to the Yarra River, including a 1.2 kilometres of dedicated bicycle lanes.
“We aim to increase open space by a massive 240,000 square metres over the next 15 years. That’s equivalent to more than 12 MCGs.”
City of Melbourne Environment portfolio chair Councillor Cathy Oke said the project, which will take about 18 months to complete, will provide much-needed open space for residents who live in apartments.
“Three hundred new trees of different varieties are being planted and will create a diverse canopy all year round,” Cr Oke said
“Green tram tracks have been common in Europe since the 1980s, including on light rail projects in the French cities of Reims and Orleans.”