Jells Park shared-use trail

Project status

September 2022:

  • Planning and design of the trails is underway.
  • Community consultation completed March - April 2022. Feedback is being used to inform the initial plans of the trail. The community feedback summary report is available to view on Engage Victoria.  

The project

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 exercise 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 the resurfacing of existing trails at the park. 

Following community consultation, an additional 2.5km loop trail is also being proposed. This trail would appeal to a wide variety of visitors and be focused around the café and playscapes with views across the lake. 

The project also includes installation of lighting, signage, drinking fountains and seating along the trails.


Project benefits


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 five-kilometre loop track, taking in views of Jells Lake and the open green 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-use trail and how they will use it, so that the trail meets the expectations and needs of all of the Jells Park community.


Project funding

The Victorian Government is investing $5.9 million to deliver this project. 


Project timeline

Subject to on-ground and industry conditions, the timeline for the project is estimated below: 

March- April 2022: Community consultation period (complete)
Spring 2022: Design phase (in progress)
Early 2023: Draft designs provided to community for feedback
Early to mid 2023: Designs finalised 
Mid 2023: Procurement of construction contractor 
Mid to late 2023: Construction

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

Monash City Council

Melbourne Water


Access changes

As at July 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 

Opportunities to have your say on the new shared-use trail will be posted on the Engage Victoria website.   

You can also stay up to date by subscribing to community updates on this project.


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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. 

Opportunities to have your say on the new shared-use trail will be posted on the Engage Victoria website.   

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-use 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-use 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-use 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.

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