Jells Park shared-use trail

Project status

 

Timeline shows community consultation was undertaken in early 2022. Draft designs were developed and shared with community in early 2023. Designs were finalised and shared with the community in late 2023. A contractor will be appointed in mid-2024. Construction will commence in mid-2024. The project will be complete in late 2024. 

Project timeline is subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions, and environment and cultural heritage assessments.

Current status: Designs for the project are now final and can be viewed on the Engage Victoria webpage. Tenders are currently being sought for the works and a contractor is expected to be appointed in mid-2024.

Last updated: February 2024

The project 

This project is being delivered on Wurundjeri Country.  

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.  

The project will deliver a new shared-use Bushland Trail, made up of some new track and through the resurfacing of existing trails at the park.  

Following community consultation, an additional shorter loop Lake Trail will also be included. This trail will appeal to a wide variety of visitors and is focused around the café and playscapes with views across the lake.  

The project will also see lighting, signage, drinking fountains and seating installed along the trails. 

Environmental and cultural heritage assessments have informed exactly where, when and how components of the project are delivered. 

Jells Park is a much-loved park located in Melbourne’s south-east on Wurundjeri Country. Its fantastic green spaces, picnic areas, playscapes and all abilities features make it one of Melbourne’s most popular parks, hosting close to a million visitors each year. The Victorian Government has invested more than $13 million to deliver a range of projects across Jells Park, ensuring visitors continue to enjoy this special location.

Project benefits

Visitors 

The new trails will provide visitors with more opportunities to exercise in the park. The shared-use trails will enable visitors to walk, run or cycle along the tracks, taking in views of Jells Lake and the open green spaces of the park. The Lake Trail will also have a focus on safety, ensuring the space can be enjoyed by all park users. 

Environment

The development of new pathways is expected to improve drainage into Dandenong Creek. 
 

Community  

The community was consulted in 2022 and their feedback has helped to shape the final designs - ensuring the trail meets the expectations and needs of park users. 

Project funding 

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

 

Environment and cultural heritage management

We worked 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 Energy, Environment and Climate Action 
Monash City Council 
Melbourne Water 
 

Access changes 

New and upgraded barbecues, drinking fountains, shelters, picnic tables and toilets have been installed at Jells Park as part of the Victorian Government’s $21 million Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program. These works have been delivered separately to the shared-use trails project and are nearly finished. 
 
Access to the new toilets in the Southern Picnic Area are still closed, and are expected to open to the public in March. 

For more information about the Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program visit the project page.
 

Staying updated and how to contribute  

A summary of community feedback on the project can be found on the Engage Victoria website.  

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

 

Related information 

News December 2023: Final designs for Jells Park's new trails released

News January 2023: Draft designs released for Jells Park trails 

News July 2022: Community helping shape new trails at Jells Park 

June 2022: Community feedback summary report 

News March 2022: Have your say on a new trail at Jells Park 

News October 2021: Two new Jells Park play spaces swing into action 

Jells Park 
 

FAQs

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.  

Visit the Engage Victoria website for information on how consultation has helped to inform the shared-use trails project design. 

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 has shaped draft designs.  
 
Some areas of the design have also been informed by environmental, heritage and cultural heritage requirements. 

When will the trail be finished/built? 

Construction commencement and completion is subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions, and environment and cultural heritage assessments. Works on site are forecast to commence in mid-2024, with the project scheduled for completed later in the year.

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 have been 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 have worked 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.  

Will there be lighting so it’s safe to run on the track at night? 

Yes, lighting will be installed along the Lake Trail, for safer use in the early morning and later into the evening. 

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