Final designs for Jells Park's new trails released

Friday 15 December, 2023

Communities in Melbourne’s east will soon enjoy more ways to exercise, socialise and get into nature, with designs now released for two new shared-use trails planned for Jells Park.

Designs have been informed by 471 community members, who shared their views on the kinds of facilities and experiences they would like the project to provide. Feedback told us that people want to preserve the peaceful and natural feel of the park, protect the habitat of local plants and animals and add opportunities for all-ability access.  

As a result, the project will deliver a new Bushland Trail, which is a scenic route tailored for visitors to walk, run or cycle through the park’s many different open green spaces. This trail will provide an opportunity for people to explore the natural landscapes of Jells Park, with minimal impacts on native flora and fauna.

The second, shorter Lake Trail will loop around the café and playspaces, showcasing great views of the lake. This trail will have a more level grade and feature extra lighting, wayfinding signage and distance markers at key milestones along the track. 

Both trails respond to the different needs, experiences and values of the local community. Both will be about three metres wide, however the surface materials, amenity (such as lighting) and grades will vary to cater to different levels of ability and activity. 

Parks Victoria's Regional Director for Melbourne, Sofia De Lesantis, said she was excited to see this project progressing with the community’s views incorporated - "the shared-use trails will provide visitors with a wonderful opportunity to get active and explore the outdoors by walking, running or cycling through the park’s many different green spaces.”

This $5.9 million Victorian Government investment in the shared-use trails is just another way we’re improving this much-loved park on Wurundjeri Country. Locals can spend more time outdoors thanks to the Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program works that have delivered new and upgraded barbecues, drinking fountains, picnic tables and shelters at the southern and eastern picnic areas (with new accessible toilets still to come!).  An upcoming project to transform the Ashes and Oaks ovals will also soon provide local cricket clubs with fit-for-purpose cricket pitches and small pavilion to use during Melbourne’s busy summer season. 

A builder will appointed to the shared-use trail project soon, with works due to start in the new year. For more information on the trails visit the Parks Victoria or Engage Victoria webpages. A PDF version of the map below can be viewed here.


Map shows smaller Lake Trail in the northern section of the park looping through the cafe and playscape with views of the lake. This trail will focus on safety and accessibility with additional lighting, wayfinding signage, distance markers, seating and drinking fountains provided at key locations. The map also shows the longer Bushland Trail that will cover more of the southern and eastern parts of the park. This longer trail will be constructed for walkers, runners and cyclists to discover the north ,east, south and west areas of Jells Park. It will have more of a natural feel and experience. The map also shows example images of the different features the trail will include, such as asphalt and gravel paths, a wooden park bench, tall path lamps powered by solar energy, a metal drinking fountain, metal circular bike racks, bike network linemarkings which in some sections will appear like glow in the dark honeycomb across the asphalt sections of the trail, bike repair stations which include screwdrivers. wrenches and a tire pump, signage including directional totems, big, medium and mall information boards.


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