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Planning and Design

Planning and Design

Ross Reserve Master Plan

Ross Reserve, Noble Park - Building a Better Ross Reserve

The Ross Reserve Master Plan was adopted by Council in August 2012.

The master plan establishes the long term vision and direction for the district part in Noble Park.

It was developed after extensive community and stakeholder consultation.

The aim of the master plan is to maximise, improve and complement the Noble Park Aquatic Centre (NPAC) and balances and supports the sporting, recreational and community facilities and environmental benefits the park provides.

Since the adoption of the master plan, Council has invested significantly in the design and construction of the contemporary urban park in Ross Reserve. The urban park has a strong focus on youth activities and recreation.

Key achievements to date include:

  • Noble Park Skate Park – a premier competition level facility within south eastern Melbourne, due to its unique design featuring a plaza, snake-run and bowl
  • Skate Park Kiosk
  • Formal entry forecourt to the Skate Park
  • Incorporation of the Kofu drinking fountain and interpretative signage to celebrate our sister city relationship with Kofu, Japan
  • Shelters, seating, tables, tree planting and open lawn
  • Public toilet

Future projects within the urban park include the construction of the multi-purpose court with basketball, futsal and netball goals and picnic and barbecue facilities.

Download the Ross Reserve Master Plan diagram (PDF - 300KB)

Download the Ross Reserve Master Plan Report (PDF - 7.59MB)

 

Level Crossing Removal Project at Ross Reserve

The State Government’s delivery of the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project in 2018 has resulted in the expansion of Ross Reserve for open space.  Plans for the linear park were the result of extensive guidance from nearby communities and the advice of a specially-formed Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) led by Professor Tim Entwisle, the Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

The removal of the train tracks has created a major new linear open space area within Ross Reserve.

Key features include:

  • Heatherton Road Community Space – this area is next to the Noble Park Skate Park area and includes:
    • 2 table tennis tables
    • parkour bouldering equipment for climbing
    • fitness exercise area – dip and fly, back and abs, push up bars and battling ropes
    • picnic tables and seating and drinking fountain
    • nature play area with climbing logs and a small slide
    • bike repair station
  • A new fenced dog-off leash area with tables, seating and drinking fountain with bowl
  • Tree and shrub planting
  • ‘Djerring Trail’ - the new shared walking and cycling path that connects to the Skate Park and NPAC.  This new 17km shared path extends from Caulfield to the Eastlink Trail in Yarraman and provides a new off-road route through seven suburbs.

 

All Abilities Playground

Council is making huge improvements to Ross Reserve, building a new premier All Abilities playground at Ross Reserve, Noble Park.

The All Abilities playground is being developed by Council in partnership with the Victorian Government.

The playground will be located between the Noble Park Community Centre and Noble Park Aquatic Centre (NPAC) and will offer an inclusive experience for all.  It will provide a play environment for a diverse range of children, youth and adults of all ages and abilities.

The Victorian Government has provided $3.05 million in funding to support the project, which will see the construction of a new basketball court and jogging track, lengthening of the junior football oval, a new all abilities playground that caters for children, youth and adults of all ages and abilities and upgrades to parking and other amenities.

The works are due for completion by June 2020.

Council has begun an extensive community engagement process with a pop-up session planned for Ross Reserve in late April 2019.