Trails and Connections – New Shared Path connections for Redan and Delacombe

The City of Ballarat's Trails and Connections Project will construct new shared paths for walking, cycling and jogging linking Victoria Park, Morshead Park and Doug Dean Reserve.

UPDATE: A call for ideas closed on 11 April 2023. Officers have analysed the feedback and have incorporated it into the design outcome as appropriate.

A tender has been released to construct the works and is currently being assessed. Following a successful tender outcome, works will commence early in the new financial year.

As the population of Ballarat grows and more people participate in recreation outdoors, the City of Ballarat is committed to providing better connections for active transport.

The Trails and Connections project is an opportunity to improve track and pathway connections in some of the city’s network of trails focusing on the Redan and Delacombe areas.

The benefits of the Trails and Connections Project includes:

  • Safer and more accessible shared path connections for walking, cycling and running.
  • Increasing the connectivity of the off-road shared path network in Ballarat.
  • Providing opportunities for active and passive recreation to further achieve positive health outcomes for our city.
  • Easy to navigate linkages between key open spaces.
  • Improving tree canopy cover and increasing biodiversity between open space areas.

The constructed paths will be located within the existing nature strip and made from concrete with formal crossings over side roads.

The scope of the Trails and Connections project includes:

  • Stage One: A trail from Victoria Park to Morshead Park, along Sutton Street.
  • Stage Two: A connection to Doug Dean Reserve via Whitelaw Avenue.
  • Stage Three: A loop trail around Morshead Park along Rubicon Street, Pleasant Street and Bell Street.

Construction of the first project stage is expected to begin in mid-2023.

The stage one connection will total approximately one kilometre of off-road trails and will provide safe access to the open spaces.

Along with the trail, the project will include planting of more than 150 trees, more than 200 plants and a few thousand ground cover plants planted along the route, improved accessibility to bus stops and additional seating at nine separate locations.

For more information, to provide feedback or ask a question on the Trails and Connections Project, please email us directly at