Parks improvement program

Did you know that Manningham is one of the leafiest areas of metropolitan Melbourne with more than 656 hectares of Council-managed parks and reserves?

With more than 50km of shared trails, 300 individual parks and reserves, 159 play spaces, numerous picnic areas and walking paths to manage, our Parks Improvement Program sets out a plan for the future upgrades of all our parks over the next 20 years.

We are guided by our Open Space Strategy, the Eastern Region Sport, Recreation and Trail Strategy, specific park masterplans, community requests and planned facility renewal programs.

Our Parks Improvement Program identifies opportunities for improvements and ensures our parks and reserves are well maintained and upgraded as our population grows.


What is the Parks Improvement Program?

The Parks Improvement Programs sets out a plan for the future renewal and upgrade of all parks in Manningham over the next 20 years.


How was this program developed?

The Parks Improvement Program is based on recommendations from our Open Space Strategy, Eastern Region Sport, Recreation and Trails Strategy, specific masterplans for our parks, feedback and requests from our community and planned facility renewal programs.


What are the objectives of this plan?

This program will ensure our parks and reserves remain relevant and accessible to everyone into the future. It will make sure that facilities are in good condition and adapt to changing needs.


How is the schedule of renewal and upgrade determined?

For most park facilities like playspaces, furniture, paths and garden beds they need to be renewed every 20-25 years to ensure they are in a good and safe condition. Other factors are the level of use, i.e. Regional parks and playspaces get much higher use and wear out more quickly; the population growth in that neighbourhood; and demand for new facilities like fitness equipment, lighting and trails.


Does the program factor in new parks in the future?

Yes a number of new parks or expansion of existing ones has been determined in the Open Space Strategy to cater for gaps in provision, links to other parks or where there is higher density living occurring. These sites will gradually be acquired and developed as they become available.

Current park and playspace upgrades

We are adding a new outdoor fitness hub to the Koonung Creek Linear Park. New equipment will include trapeze rings, inclined sit up board, push up bar, step up platform, chin up bar, Tai Chi wheels, leg and shoulder press, a seat and possibly solar lighting. 

Due to construction works associated with the North East Link Project, this has been put on hold until a suitable site is confirmed.

As part of our Parks Improvement Program, we're upgrading the playspace at Katrina Gully. Improvements include new play equipment, nature play, outdoor fitness hub, improvements to the shade sail, seating area for rest and recovery, new landscaping and new basketball pad.


We’re expanding Carawatha Reserve to create more open space for local residents and visitors to Doncaster Hill.

We’re building a new playspace at Eric Reserve for local residents in Templestowe Lower.


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