Three new parks for Melbourne's growing communities
Wednesday 31 May, 2023
Melbourne’s growing outer suburbs are set to receive more open green spaces and better connections to nature, with plans released that set the future vision for three new regional parks in Clyde, Deanside and Werribee.
The new parks will provide more opportunities for urban communities to get active, spend time with friends and family, and unlock the benefits of time spent in nature.
As part of their creation, Parks Victoria will restore the lands to their natural values, and ensure they are sustainably managed to protect and enhance the natural and cultural landscapes for years to come. This will help protect native flora and fauna, like the Natural Temperate Grasslands and the Growling Grass Frog.
The final Strategic Directions Plans will guide the future development of the new regional parks, which all together will provide 720 hectares of invaluable green open space for their communities – more than 350 times the size of the MCG.
Clyde Regional Park will be co-located with the future Clyde Park Sports Precinct and Melbourne Water drainage basin, across 120 hectares in Clyde, on Bunurong Country.
Kororoit Creek Regional Park will form 215 hectares of green open space in Deanside, on Wurundjeri Country. There will also be a 45-hectare conservation area beside the new park, providing 260 hectares in total of new green space for the local community.
Werribee Township Regional Park will be created in Wyndham Vale and Tarniet on Wadawurrung Country and Bunurong Country, at the northern boundary of the existing Presidents Park. Visitors can look forward to 340-hectares of new parklands to explore.
Pictured above: Artist's impression of the future Clyde Regional Park.
They form part of the Victorian Government’s $315 million Suburban Parks Program, which is creating 6,500 hectares of new and upgraded accessible green open space across Melbourne. The program has invested $19.5 million to deliver the next stage of planning, clean-up and remediation works, and initial land management by Parks Victoria for the next two years.
Plans have also been released for the future development of the emerging Toolern Creek Regional Park and Werribee River Park, including new and improved visitor facilities.
Developed through community consultation that started in 2021 and refined with a further round of consultation in 2022, the plans provide the vision and design objectives essential to understanding the future funding that will be required to construct these parks.
Parks Victoria and the Victorian Government are also working closely with Traditional Owners and local councils to ensure the parks will meet the needs of growing communities and preserve and enhance natural and cultural heritage.
Clyde Regional Park
View the Strategic Directions Plan
Ongoing updates about the project are available on the Clyde Regional Park project page.
Werribee Township Regional Park and Werribee River Park
View the Strategic Directions Plans
Ongoing updates about the Werribee Township Regional Park project are available on the project page.
Ongoing updates about the Kororoit Creek Regional Park project are available on the project page.