More than 20 new pocket parks and off-leash dog parks will be created in built-up suburbs, giving families across Melbourne more green, open space to enjoy.

The value of local parkland has been brought into sharp relief over the past few months, as Victorians have stayed home to slow the spread of coronavirus and save lives.

With some of the strictest measures now relaxed and record testing showing rates of community transmission remain low, more and more Victorians are getting out and enjoying a walk in the park with their pets and friends.

The 24 new parks announced today are being delivered through the first round of the local parks component of the $154 millionĀ Suburban Parks ProgramĀ and will build 15 new pocket parks and nine off leash dog parks across Melbourne.

The parks will begin opening up from next year giving families much needed green space for recreation, relaxation and spending time with their pets.