Friday, February 23, 2024

Melbourne to paint arts precinct heart green

City of Melbourne Council has announced plans to transform an under-utilised section of road in the heart of Melbourne’s Arts Precinct into a lush green public space.

Lord Mayor, Sally Capp said the $6.5 million project will create 3,200m2 of accessible open space, featuring native grasslands, wildflowers, 35 new trees, paved bluestone pathways and community gathering spaces.

“The Dodds Street Linear Park will breathe new life into this underexplored part of the city – increasing foot traffic in the area, while providing locals and visitors alike a place to dwell while visiting our spectacular Arts Precinct,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The Southbank community has told us that accessible green open spaces are essential in this densely populated part of the city, so we’re creating a sanctuary with native grasslands, wildflowers and trees, places to sit and rest, and spaces to explore. 

“The park’s design reflects its significance on the local and global artistic stage, creating a world-leading cultural tourism destination for all to enjoy.” 

The park, between Grant Street and Southbank Boulevard, has been designed with accessibility in mind to ensure people of all abilities feel welcome to explore the city’s world-renowned creative offerings, the Lord Mayor said.

The northern end of Dodds Street will become a shared zone, with accessible parking and pick up and drop off areas to make it easy for those visiting the Melbourne Arts Precinct. 

The southern end of the street will be closed to traffic and converted into public parkland – a space for people to relax and spend time with family and friends. 

“City greening is essential to support a diverse urban forest, increase canopy cover and keep our city cool in a warming climate,” said Environment portfolio lead Councillor, Rohan Leppert.

“Sustainability has been a key focus in our design of the Dodds Street Linear Park – with inbuilt raingardens and remediated soil, and native species to encourage biodiversity in the heart of our CBD.” 

The Dodds Street Linear Park forms Stage 2 of the Southbank Boulevard transformation, which has created more than 22,000m2 of new public space – including two brand new parks and more than 400 new trees.

Work will begin in early January and is set to take 12 months to complete.

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