In May, the City of Melbourne unveiled a new, $300 million proposal – the Greenline project – that envisioned the city’s Northbank precinct completely greenified.
Its aim? To draw more people to the waterfront with a series of connected parklands linking the four-kilometre stretch between Birrarung Marr and the Bolte Bridge.
At that time, Lord Mayor Sally Capp likened the plan to the New York City High Line, saying it would be one of the largest developments Melbourne has undergone since Southbank Promenade was completed in 1990 and Fed Square opened in 2002.
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Today, the City of Melbourne has released more details around its vision for the “game-changing” project, following community consultation with around 400 people.
“Greenline will create one of the largest networks of green spaces in Melbourne, creating a six-metre-wide promenade – roughly the width of two traffic lanes,” Capp said in a statement.
As well as that expansion, the Greenline plan includes a new park at the Salt Water Wharf precinct; improvements and upgrades to Flinders Walk and Banana Alley; increased tree-canopy cover; and an uninterrupted riverside link to Docklands.
Also in development: a floating wetlands trial and a new maritime heritage trail.
But it’s not all in the planning stages. “We’re already upgrading Enterprize Park – an early milestone of Greenline – which will be completed just in time for summer,” Capp said. “Locals and visitors will soon enjoy an extra 1000 square metres of green lawn – almost the size of one Olympic swimming pool – with better views and access along the river.”