The Victorian Government unveiled the final plans for 22.5 hectares of parks, paths and recreation facilities underneath the elevated railway line between Caulfield to Dandenong in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.
The project involves the removal of nine level crossings and connects communities that were previously split apart by the ground level train tracks.
The public realm designed by ASPECT Studios Melbourne studio includes the creation of three linear parks – and 17km of bike and walking trails – five railway station plazas, a new town square for Noble Park and seven new community spaces.
Each community space has been in a central location for community access and offer a range of activities for all ages, such as recreation, sport, fitness, picnicking, market space and public gathering.
The new station plazas and the linear parks are firmly grounded in their urban context and draw from local history of their area in their design and material selection.
Central to the project’s design was close collaboration with the Victorian Government appointed Community Open Space Expert Panel, alongside local councils, horticulturalists, ecologists, graphic artists and engineers.
The overarching design sees a significant amount of biodiversity supporting trees and vegetation planted, many of which are native species and tolerant to drought. The selected species both flourish in the unique conditions of the linear park and meet the overall safety requirements of the elevated railway line.
Water captured from the elevated rail structure is diverted into the open space to provide passive irrigation to the linear park. Overland storm water is directed into a series of swales that allow seepage into the ground, connecting back into the local storm water system.
Work on the new landscape will commence in 2018 following the completion of elevated rail project.
Artist impressions courtesy of the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.