Council resolved in early 2013 to build a new shared path in Travancore Park, Flemington.
The new 3 metre wide separate concrete path with a centre line marking will run along the edge of the Moonee Ponds Creek at the top of the embankment, and will separate cyclists from walkers.
After delay due to the uncertainty of the East West Link project and more recently by the ongoing CityLink Tulla Widening work, we anticipate that works will commence in March/April 2017.
View the detailed design of the path.
We will undertake several other improvements as part of the project:
- Replace the existing chain mesh fence with a safer post and rail chain mesh fence.
- Install a new barrier fence between the new shared path and the steep creek embankment for cyclist safety.
- Create a new path link between Myrnong Crescent and the new shared path.
- Realign the southern end of the internal path to allow more space between path users and dogs.
- Relocate of seating to a more shaded location.
- Install an additional water fountain and relocate the existing drinking fountain and dog bowl to a more central location in the park.
- Undertake tree planting and revegetation works.
While tree removal has been minimised in the design as much as possible, the shared path must be 3 metres wide – with no obstacles within 1 metre of either side – in order to meet standards which ensure rider safety and clear site lines.
We plan to replace trees that have to be removed with native tree stock, and with species which are appropriate for rider safety, as well as for screening and habitat. Additional trees will also be planted within the park.
Travancore Park is an important area of open space and it was imperative to develop an outcome that is the right long-term decision for all park users.
We developed the final shared path alignment through an extensive stakeholder and community consultation process, including public meetings and 'walkshops' on site, as well as advice from an external reference group made up of local residents and organisations.
Surrounding residents will receive information in due course closer regarding exact dates of construction and information on shared path diversions while the works are completed.