Creating more opportunities for community sport

Tuesday 16 January, 2024

Did you know that in addition to walking trails, campgrounds, piers, lookouts and picnic areas, we’re upgrading sporting facilities in our parks too?   

Getting active in nature comes in many shapes and forms. Whether it’s walking, cycling, or playing sport - we know it’s great for our health and wellbeing.  

We're delivering millions of dollars of investment from the Victorian Government to build, upgrade and expand pavilions, create new sporting courts and fields, and provide modern and accessible facilities so that more people can get involved in community sport. Find out more about these projects below.


Pictured above: A football game at Albert Park. 


Olinda Recreation Reserve

The Olinda Recreation Reserve is a hub of connection for the Dandenong Ranges community, with cricket in the summer and netball and footy in the winter drawing crowds year-round. Here we’re building a new netball court and new cricket practice nets to improve facilities for local sporting clubs.   


Jells Park

Further down the mountain at Jells Park, plans are in motion to transform the Ashes and Oaks ovals to provide local cricket clubs with fit-for-purpose cricket pitches and a small pavilion to use during Melbourne’s busy cricket season. Two new shared-use trails are also on the way for people to walk, run and ride through the park. 


The new cricket practice nets at Olinda Recreation Reserve, with new synthetic grass and nets installed.

Pictured above: New cricket practice nets are being built at Olinda Recreation Reserve.


Albert Park

At Albert Park, a new shared-use pavilion has been built at Oval One, and the David Mandie and Clarke Shields Pavilions have been expanded, providing modern and female-friendly facilities to encourage more women and girls to get involved in sport. The park is also set to receive solar panels at a number of buildings, helping to lower emissions and reduce the local carbon footprint.


Yarra Bend Park

Upgrades to the Deep Rock Pavilion at Yarra Bend Park are being delivered to provide more female-friendly and accessible facilities. Nearby, Corben Oval is also undergoing works to restore the site’s power supply and make improvements to the pavilion, enabling clubs and visitors to use the facilities again after closures due to a significant fault in the electrical power supply line. 


Albert Park Pavilion at Oval One 2

Pictured above: The new shared-use pavilion at Oval One in Albert Park. 


With many projects completed, under construction and in the pipeline, we’re creating more opportunities for urban communities to get fit, active, and connect to nature and each other. 

To stay updated on these projects and to find out more, visit:


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