Melbourne’s Southbank will soon have a new green recreational space, following the announcement of a new park near the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
A $1.5 million investment for the design and delivery of the park, which will be in addition to new urban gardens in the surrounding area, will sit alongside future works to be delivered as part of the Melbourne Arts Precinct Transformation.
“Today is just the first step in delivering what will be a fantastic open space for Southbank locals to enjoy,” announced Member for Albert Park, Nina Taylor.
The space, delivered in partnership with the City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria, and ACCA, will serve as a gathering place for locals and visitors to connect with nature. The park is one of 11 open space projects across Victoria, as part of the state government’s $7.4 million Better Parks and Playgrounds program.
Minister for environment Ingrid Stitt said the introduction of green spaces in metropolitan areas ensures communities still have unique and inclusive open spaces.
“We’re ensuring Melburnians in urban areas have easy access to quality open space to exercise, relax or just enjoy the outdoors,” she said.
Through the Suburban Parks Program, 87 new and improved public spaces, including parks and dog parks, have been delivered. Once complete the Suburban Parks Program will create up to 6500 hectares of new parkland, walking and cycling trails, pocket parks and dog parks – the equivalent of more than 170 Royal Botanic Gardens.
Learn more at environment.vic.gov.au.