Jells Park shared-user trail
April 2022: Parks Victoria is inviting the community to have their say on the project until 18 April. Learn more and have your say at Engage Victoria.
Jells Park is a much-loved park in Melbourne’s south-east, offering plenty of opportunities to soak up the benefits of being in nature. From its fantastic contemporary playspaces, great access for visitors with diverse needs, big open spaces for and several picnic areas for recreation.
A project is now underway to develop a five-kilometre shared-use trail, made up of some new track and through resurfacing of existing trails at the park.
The new trail will provide visitors with more opportunities to exercise in the park. The shared-use trail will enable visitors to walk, run or cycle along the 5-kilometre loop track, taking in views of Jells Lake and the green open spaces of the park.
The development of new pathways is expected to improve drainage into Dandenong Creek.
As part of this project we are inviting the community to have their say on what they would like to see on the shared-user trail and how they will use it, so that the shared trail meets the expectations and needs of all of the Jells Park community.
The Victorian Government is investing $5.9 million to deliver this project.
The project will deliver a five-kilometre long shared-user trail at Jells Park. Existing trails will be resurfaced and extended, and some new trail will be built to make up the five-kilometre loop.
The project also includes installation of lighting, signage, drinking fountains and seating along the trail.
Subject to on ground conditions, the timeline for the project is estimated below:
March- April 2022: Community consultation period.
Winter 2022: Design phase
Spring 2022: Procurement of construction contractor
Summer 2022/23: Construction commences
This timeline will be updated as the project progresses.
Environment and cultural heritage management
We will work with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation to develop and implement a Cultural Heritage Management Plan to ensure the cultural values of the site are protected.
Environmental impacts will be minimised wherever possible for this project.
Who are we working with?
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
As at March 2022, works have not commenced and there are no access changes to Jells Park.
This will be updated as the project progresses.
Staying updated and how to contribute
Parks Victoria is inviting the community to have their say on the new shared user trail planned for Jells Park. Join the conversation by:
- Doing an online survey between open until 18 Aril 2022 at https://engage.vic.gov.au/jells-park-trail
- Having a chat with Parks Victoria’s Engagement team, who will be popping up around the park over the next few weeks.
Stay up to date by subscribing to community updates on this project
How can I contribute to the use and design of the trail?
Parks Victoria is committed to seeking feedback from park users, community groups and traditional owners.
Between 25 February and 18 April 2022 we are asking the community to have their say on what they'd like to see on the trail and how they'd like to use it. To join the conversation, visit Engage Victoria.
What impact will my input have on the new trail?
Understanding how people want to use the trail and what they would like to see will shape the trail designs.
Some areas of the design will be informed by environmental, heritage and cultural heritage requirements – but this will be clearly communicated as part of the engagement process.
When will the trail be finished/built?
The shared user trail is expected to be complete by late 2023.
Can I ride my bike on the new trail?
Yes, you will be able to ride your bicycle along the shared user trail. Safety considerations and signage for all users will be factored into the trail design.
Have you consulted with the Traditional Owner group?
Parks Victoria is committed to working with Traditional Owner groups and ensuring that their expectations and needs are incorporated into the design and development of the new trail. We will be working with Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation on this project.
Will any parts of the park be closed during construction?
While the trail is under construction some isolated areas, such as bridges, may have detours in place for a short amount of time. Disruptions will be detailed through park signage and in community updates.
Will there be lighting so it’s safe to run on the track at night?
Yes. As part of the new shared user trail, it is anticipated that there will be installation of appropriate lighting along the trail so that the track is safe to use at night.