New Design Plans Have Dropped for the City of Melbourne's Ambitious Riverside Greenline Project

The latest round of design ideas includes outdoor dining, lush new parks, winding boardwalks, performance spaces and more.
Libby Curran
Published on April 03, 2023

Melbourne's landmark Greenline project is one step closer to reality, with a fresh suite of design ideas revealed for the game-changing riverside development. Helmed by the City of Melbourne, the revitalisation project was first announced back in mid-2021, with various plans unveiled throughout the two years since.

While some elements of the development have already started to take shape, including the new-look Enterprize Park, these latest designs are now gearing up to be released for public feedback ahead of the draft Greenline Project Masterplan being finalised in the coming months.

Greenline is set to rejuvenate the four-kilometre northern riverside stretch between Birrarung Marr and the Bolte Bridge, reimagining it as five new precincts. They'll feature a collection of promenades, parks, cultural activations and open space, with plans for environmental renewal projects to be incorporated and lots of native plants added, too.

The overall development is also set to include significant elements recognising and celebrating the culture and heritage of the Wurundjeri People.

The work of landscape architects TCL and Aspect Studios, the new design proposals include ideas for each of the five Greenline precincts, drawing inspiration from international projects including Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York and Paris' Park de Docks.

So what's in the works, you ask? The Birrarung Marr Precinct would score a new and improved riverside promenade, with terraced steps for lounging by the water, and performance spaces that would host cultural events throughout the year.

A wetland habitat, a new park and a collection of rooftop venues above the Banana Alley Vaults have been proposed for the Falls Precinct, while the River Park Precinct would include a new space for activities constructed beneath the Flinders Street viaduct.

The Maritime Precinct looks set to feature new maritime-inspired artworks and improved boat access, and at the Saltwater Wharf Precinct, you can look forward to an expanded promenade and another brand-new park.

"Our landscape architecture and design experts have crafted an incredible vision for what the Greenline Project could look like – with stunning boardwalks, event spaces, native vegetation and outdoor dining," explained Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

The new plans are now up for endorsement by City of Melbourne Councillors, before they're opened up to community consultation.

You can find more details on the Greenline Project over on the City of Melbourne website.

Published on April 03, 2023 by Libby Curran
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