Greening the Pipeline Pilot Park, transforming old into new

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.

Two people walk along 'Pilot Park' in Williams Landing
Pilot Park, in Williams Landing, is the first park to be developed as part of this long-term initiative.

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.

Greening the Pipeline aims to convert 27 kilometres of the heritage-listed Main Outfall Sewer reserve, along Federation Trail, into a parkland. A 100-metre section was constructed at Williams Landing in 2017, led by Melbourne Water in partnership with Wyndham City Council, VicRoads and City West Water, and supported by Greening the West.

Greening the pipeline - transcript

Last updated:
19 April 2021