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 a growing population in Melbourne’s West.
The first park of this long term project, called Pilot Park at Williams Landing was built along 100 metres of the reserve as a demonstration of ways to connect communities, provide opportunities for active recreation, improve amenity, provide shade and cooling, and 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.
The Park features a stormwater treatment and harvesting system to irrigate and passively cool the surrounding parkland. It is integrated within the existing heritage listed Main Outfall Sewer channel thereby repurposing this decommissioned asset for a new use.
The Pilot Park connects communities on either side and services an immediate catchment of 7,482 people in Williams Landing, where there is a need for open space for the majority of its families.
The park is currently being enjoyed by the local community with a 62 percent increase in number of visitors to the area since it was completed.