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DOG parks, play areas and a cycling trail will be built along the Cranbourne-Pakenham rail corridor as the train tracks go skyward.
The State Government today released designs for what will be built to draw people to the area and combat concerns about crime.
The plans include sports courts, rock climbing, two fenced dog parks and a 17km cycling and walking track.
More than 430 new car spaces will also be built along the line.
Designs for the open space at Centre Road West. Picture: SuppliedPublic Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said sky rail would make way for 11 MCGs worth of open space between Caulfield and Dandenong.
“We can only have this amount of open space because we are elevating the rail line in this way,” she said.
“A lot of careful thought has gone into how to make the most of these open spaces and draw people in.”
“This will be a very active, open space corridor.
“Where you have people active and engaged, the (crime) impact and perception is reduced over time.”
“Heatherton Road Community Space” will have a sports area. Picture: Supplied
Designs for Clayton Road. Picture: SuppliedPrevious suggestions on what should be built included ping pong and chess tables and climbing walls.
It was also suggested that vertical creeping plants be used to hide the bulking infrastructure — with hundreds of concrete pillars being installed along the line.
More than 4000 other trees, mostly gums, eucalyptus and other natives, will also be planted.
Designs of trees in Noble Park linear park a year after being planted. Picture: Supplied
Predictions of how the same park will look after 20 years. Picture: Supplied
Tim Entwisle, chair of an expert panel overseeing the designs, said the green climbers were proving difficult to design — but not impossible.
“We are going to have to trial some of that — it’s not that easy to do,” he said.
“But I’m confident we will find a way to do it.”
Work on the open spaces will begin next year.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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