Parklands and Open Space
Across the Yarra River corridor, parklands and public open spaces total approximately 7,800 hectares. Access to quality open space for the wellbeing of people of all ages and abilities is becoming even more critical as Melbourne’s population continues to increase. Demographic change and cultural shifts will influence recreational preferences which will place increased demands on open spaces and community facilities throughout Victoria.
The Yarra River corridor offers a complex array of parks, public lands and recreational and sporting facilities. This includes bushland parks, landscaped areas, playgrounds, sporting facilities, wilderness areas, a national park, wetlands, pastoral settings, the Royal Botanic Gardens, rail trails, treed areas and places of environmental and cultural significance. These will differ across each reach.