The Victorian Government has invested $154 million on a ring of new parklands in Melbourne's growth areas.
The funding will create up to 6,500 hectares of new parkland, walking trails, bike trails, pocket parks and dog parks – the equivalent of more than 170 Royal Botanic Gardens.
Plenty River Trail will receive a $19 million upgrade with 17 kilometres of new walking and cycling trails, along with $10 million for new trails across the northern metropolitan area and $4 million for upgrades in Wattle Park including new playground and 3.5 kilometre track.
The Victorian Budget 2019/20 also delivers $8 million for the Greening the Pipeline project, which is creating a long park with more green space and trees along a former sewer pipe, supported by an integrated stormwater system that uses recycled stormwater to irrigate the park.
Twenty-five pocket parks will be created in inner-city suburbs with higher density developments to help green those suburbs and provide recreation space.
Exact locations for the pocket parks are yet to be determined, but will be in the districts of Prahran, Richmond, Albert Park, Eltham, Bentleigh Brunswick, Northcote, Williamstown, Essendon, Oakleigh, Caulfield and Ivanhoe.