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Lord Mayor favourite pitches New York-style park for Melbourne

FIRST WITH NEIL MITCHELL
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The candidate hotly tipped to become Melbourne’s next Lord Mayor wants to see several hectares of new parks built in the centre of the city.

Sally Capp has told Neil Mitchell she wants to have numerous new parks created; one at Federation Square, one at Flinders St Station, one at Etihad stadium, all linked by sky walks.

The 2.5km paths for walking and cycling would run from Birrurung Marr to Southern Cross Station.

“The idea is to deck over the rail yards,” Ms Capp told Neil.

“All of that across the top, coming out of Flinders St Station, the part of Federation Square east which is currently undecked which goes down to Exhibition St, and then between Bourke and Latrobe.”

The idea is modeled on New York’s Highline, (pictured above), an artist’s impression of what our CBD would look like is below.

Neil pointed out that the project in New York cost $152 million and took 10 years to deliver.

Ms Capp admitted her plan would likely cost double that figure.

“But that’s not insurmountable, Neil,” she said.

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