The Greening the Pipeline initiative aims to transform the heritage-listed Main Outfall Sewer pipeline reserve, along the Federation Trail bike path, into a parkland to service the growing community in Melbourne’s west.
The first park of this long-term project, called Pilot Park, was built along 100 metres of the reserve at Williams Landing as a demonstration of ways to:
- connect communities
- provide opportunities for active recreation
- improve amenity
- provide shade and cooling
- manage water sensitively.
The project was led by Melbourne Water and supported by Wyndham City Council, City West Water and VicRoads, with a significant funding contribution by the Victorian Government. Construction of the park commenced in December 2016 and was completed in April 2017.
A key feature of the park is a stormwater treatment and harvesting system, which waters and passively cool the surrounding parkland. This is integrated within the existing heritage-listed Main Outfall Sewer channel – repurposing a decommissioned asset for a new use.
The Pilot Park connects communities on either side and services an immediate area of 7,482 people in Williams Landing, where most families have a need for open space. It is being enjoyed by the local community with a 62 percent increase in the number of visitors to the area since it was completed.
Watch the following video to learn more about what this ambitious initiative hopes to achieve.