Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Sonja Terpstra today joined Maroondah Council to officially open Parkwood Reserve, one of 18 new parks to be built under round two of the $154 million Suburban Parks Program, which will create 6,500 hectares of public open space including parkland and trails.
Parkwood Reserve is Maroondah’s second off-leash dog park, providing residents with further opportunities to utilise a safe and enclosed off-leash space with their furry friends including a rock clamber mound, dry creek bed and digging pit for sensory play. There are also dog education and training items, as well as a jogging track and water/drinking area, plus it is fully fenced and double gated.
With one in three Victorians owning a dog, this is a great way for the government to invest in revitalising an area that will benefit residents from all walks of life.
The Labor Government is working with local councils to deliver 13 new pocket parks and five new dog parks, which are in addition to the 15 new pocket parks and 26 off-leash dog parks announced last year.
The ongoing program will also create jobs in industries including construction, design and landscaping as Victoria rebuilds from the economic impacts of coronavirus.
Each new pocket park is funded up to $1.3 million and spread across new and established neighbourhoods in St Albans, Sunshine North, Footscray, Prahran, Oakleigh South, Frankston, Dandenong, Notting Hill, North Melbourne, Moonee Ponds, Montmorency, Eltham, and Glenroy.
Local councils were invited to nominate sites for the new parks, which were assessed by an independent panel.
The parks were selected for funding based on their accessibility by road, public transport or well-linked to bike and walking tracks.
The purpose-built dog parks will also include designated ball play areas, rockeries, education and agility equipment and seating. For more on the pocket and dog parks visit, environment.vic.gov.au/suburban-parks/creating-new-parkland-across-victoria/local-parks