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New riverside park to form key Greenline Project link  

11 April 2024

Construction is officially underway on Melbourne’s newest riverside park – creating 3,500 square metres of new public green open space and forming a key link in the city-shaping Greenline Project.    

The new Seafarers Rest Park is being delivered in partnership between the City of Melbourne and property developer Riverlee – as part of their $600 million Seafarers Precinct development.  

The new park will be built between the Mission to Seafarers heritage building and Seafarers Bridge. Hundreds of residents from the new precinct will enjoy spacious green lawns, a riverside promenade, children’s play area and multi-use open spaces. 

Designed by landscape architects OCULUS, the new park has been inspired by the area’s maritime legacy – embracing the city’s industrial roots while also acknowledging Melbourne’s significant indigenous cultural heritage. 

Upon completion of Seafarers Rest, the park will be transferred to the City of Melbourne to form part of the city-shaping Greenline Project.  

The Greenline Project will revitalise the north bank of the Yarra River, creating a 4 kilometre promenade of parks, open spaces and cultural activations between Birrarung Marr and the Bolte Bridge.  

In the award-winning Greenline Project Masterplan, the project will be split into five inter-connected precincts. The Seafarers Rest Park will form part of the Maritime precinct – alongside Birrarung Marr, The Falls, River Park, and Saltwater Wharf.  

The Greenline Project is expected to create over 3,400 jobs during construction, over 6,400 ongoing jobs by 2042, and attract more than 1.1 million additional visitors to the city every year.  

Quotes attributable to Lord Mayor Sally Capp 

“The Greenline Project will transform Melbourne’s riverfront from Birrarung Marr to the Bolte Bridge – while creating thousands of jobs, attracting waves of new visitors, and injecting millions of dollars into the economy.” 

“Riverlee’s investment is a huge vote of confidence for this city-shaping project and the future of Melbourne.” 

Quotes attributable to Riverlee Development Director David Lee 

“Seafarers Rest and the broader precinct marks a transformative milestone in the rejuvenation of Melbourne’s Northbank.” 

“Together with the City of Melbourne, we’re revitalising this underutilised and forgotten urban space, reclaiming it as a safe and vibrant green haven for all Melbournians and visitors to enjoy.” 

Quotes attributable to OCULUS Associate Director Claire Martin 

“We cannot underestimate the value of access to high-quality public space to connect people to each other and their environment, particularly in dense urban areas.” 

“Birrarung is a place of great importance and connection and it carries a lifetime of maritime stories too. We are thrilled to see this brought to life through this truly considered park design.”  

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