Coastal park upgrades coming to Melbourne's West
Monday 18 July, 2022
A new link for cyclists and new life for a seawall are on the way to Melbourne’s west, with tenders sought to build an extension of the Bay Trail and to repair the seawall at Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park.
Following the creation of designs for the Bay Trail extension, which will complete the connection from Williamstown to Point Cook Coastal Park, construction can now commence. Once complete, the link will provide a continuous journey for cyclists, walkers and runners to access the park and enjoy its stunning coastal views and facilities.
Further along the bay, the historic sea wall at Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park in Williamstown is set for repairs. Years of exposure to winds and waves have caused damage, erosion and dislodged many bluestone blocks. Working with Heritage Victoria and guided by geotechnical and structural investigations, the repair works will see the wall and promenade made safe for years to come.
These two projects on Bunurong Country are being rolled out as part of the Victorian Government’s $21 million Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program. The program is delivering upgrades at 21 parks across Melbourne to improve the visitor experience and provide new opportunities for communities to connect with nature, get active and socialise with friends and family.
The $21 million program has already delivered upgrades at Braeside Park, Cardinia Reservoir and Greenvale Reservoir Park, along with the delivery of new picnic tables to 17 parks.
Subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions, works on the Bay Trail and at the seawall are expected to commence spring 2022.
Parks Victoria will work with Heritage Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to ensure heritage values and the coastal environment are protected during the works.
For further information and to view the concept designs of the Bay Trail, visit the Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program project page.