We are creating the first urban park in the central city since City Square was developed in the 1980s. The new park, located on Market Street, will create 1900 square metres of new public open space in the central city.

The new park, designed by Oculus, features large lawn areas to accommodate park users, wide bluestone paths, new seating, space for programmed events and improved pedestrian access to public transport. The new park will also feature a wide variety of trees and water sensitive urban design to reduce stormwater runoff.

The project includes a discontinuance of more than 1300 square metres of Market Street to be developed as public open space, including new bicycle lanes and parking.

The abutting development site ‘Collins Arch’ has been designed in collaboration with CbusProperty, Woods Bagot and New York City-based SHoP Architects. It will include a collection of residences, commercial offices and a 5-star hotel, W Melbourne.

Key features of the project include the creation of a new north-south oriented public park in the western section of Market Street, which will include:

  • city garden and lawns
  • playful terrace
  • new separated north and southbound bicycle lanes
  • central plaza connection from Market Street
  • reconfiguration of Market Street to southbound traffic only

The project is expected to be completed in 2020. It is guided by the City of Melbourne’s Open Space Strategy and Urban Forest Strategy.

Consultation closed

Construction will commence late 2019

Concept plan

Find out an overview of each area of Market Street park by clicking on the spots.

Market Street Project

Artist impression

Image credit OCULUS