Revitalisation project transforms Lions Park

Published on 26 October 2023


The transformation of Lions Park in Lilydale is complete following Council’s work to revitalise the park and the southern end of the Lilydale Recreation Reserve.

The revitalisation of Lions Park was funded in partnership with the Lilydale Revitalisation Board and the upgrades support initiatives in the Lilydale Place Plan, such as improving public amenity and accessibility of suburban strip shopping areas within the town centre.

The revitalisation works introduce several key upgrades to Lions Park, including:

  • An accessible, shared bike and pedestrian path seamlessly connecting Main Street and John Street.
  • The installation of a new, accessible ramp with stairs linking Main Street to nearby shops and the pedestrian crossing.
  • A visually stunning rock platform affording panoramic views of Olinda Creek, accompanied by a thoughtfully designed rock garden and seating area.
  • The introduction of new picnic tables and seats, illuminated by new lighting elements, supported by a redesigned car park layout at southern end of Recreation Reserve.

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Melba Ward Deputy Mayor Councillor Sophie Todorov and MP Mr Tom McIntosh MP unveiled the revitalisation area on 25 October, and said residents were now able to enjoy an attractive walk through the upgraded area between Main Street and John Street, and can even sit by the Olinda Creek immersed in nature.

“Community parks, like this one, play a crucial role as places for socialising, dining, connecting, and taking a break between destinations,” Cr Todorov said.

“These spaces should be inviting, where dropping in, stopping by, or visiting spontaneously is a source of excitement and enjoyment.”

“Lions Park needed attention, but now it boasts a beautiful mural and vibrant garden, thanks to the Lilydale Revitalisation program. The State Government-funded program helped to bring about some much-needed upgrades to the park – which we took to the wider community for engagement before getting underway and I’m very excited to say that we can now provide a much-improved space for the community to enjoy and spend time in.”

This project is financially supported by Yarra Ranges Council and Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions.

The existing levee wall running the length of the park is understood will be reconstructed by Level Crossing Removal Project with Melbourne Water, though timing is not yet confirmed.  Once complete this will enable a final stage of revitalisation of the park with al fresco opportunities outdoor seating/dining area.