Council opens new shared path at Travancore Park

Monday, 4 December 2017

Cyclists and park lovers will get to experience Travancore Park with greater safety as Moonee Valley City Council opens a new shared path.

The new 3 metre wide concrete path runs along the edge of the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, and features a new barrier fence between the path and the steep creek embankment to ensure cyclist safety.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said these works had been highly anticipated by nearby residents and cyclists who frequent the park regularly.

“Travancore Park is a popular regional park. It is well utilised by walkers, people jogging, dog owners, local families with children, and cyclists who travel through daily on their way to work,” Cr Sipek said.

“We received feedback from the community that users were experiencing collisions on the existing internal path. It was identified that there was a need to separate cyclists from people who wanted to walk through the park at a more leisurely pace with their dogs.

“We consulted on a number of design options through public meetings and ‘walkshops’ on site, and sought advice from an external reference group made up of local residents and organisations. I am very proud of what Council, in partnership with the community, has produced. This path will be used for decades to come.”

Other works include a new path link between Myrnong Crescent and the new shared path, relocated seating to a more shady location and the installation of an additional drinking fountain.

“Council will also be planting new trees in the park in autumn 2018. There will be community planting events in the new year – watch this space!”

Portfolio holder for Leisure and Active Communities, Cr Samantha Byrne said the initiative was part of Council’s commitment to develop open spaces which encouraged walking and cycling.

“One of the key priorities of our Council Plan is to improve walking and cycling networks to make getting around Moonee Valley easier and safer,” Cr Byrne said.

“This project is just one of several that Council is undertaking to meet that objective.”

“By encouraging walking and cycling, we are investing in the health and wellbeing of our community. This kind of infrastructure is vital in ensuring our community can participate in leisurely activities and be active for many years to come.”

Get full details on the Travancore Park update.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM