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Open Spaces

The City of Greater Dandenong has over 100 parks, sports reserves and playgrounds, as well as four bushland areas and open space corridors, totalling over 600 hectares. Owned and managed by Council, these open spaces offer a wide range of activities and things to see and do, including bushwalking, playgrounds, cycling, recreational areas, picnic and BBQ areas, local flora and fauna and more.


Types of parks and playgrounds

To cater for the diverse needs of the community, our parks and playgrounds range from large district parks, mid-sized neighbourhood parks to small local parks.

District parks and playgrounds

District parks and playgrounds are the city’s largest open spaces. They provide a large range of facilities and opportunities for both passive and active recreation,as well as organised and informal play.

Many of the district parks have the city’s premium and largest playgrounds, and are generally located with other major recreational facilities and park infrastructure such as BBQs, picnic tables, toilets, sports fields, skate parks, basketball courts, car parks, bike paths and and walking trails. They provide a range of diverse play equipment and experiences targeted to younger children; while also offering more challenging features to engage and attract children at the upper primary school level.

Some of our district parks are connected to regional open space corridors, such as the Dandenong Creek, which incorporate the Dandenong Creek trail.

Some district parks in the City of Greater Dandenong include:

Neighbourhood parks and playgrounds

Neighbourhood parks are medium sized open spaces which provide opportunities for passive recreation, playgrounds, casual sport, walking trails, picnic facilities and relaxation for residents in the surrounding neighbourhood.

Neighbourhood playgrounds are the city’s intermediate sized playgrounds, generally located in neighbourhood or district reserves.  They are co-located near other supporting recreational facilities and park infrastructure where possible such as sports fields and seating.

Local parks and playgrounds

Local parks are smaller sized open spaces within 400–500 metres walking distance of residents' homes. Sometimes these are referred to as ‘pocket parks’.

They provide opportunities for passive recreation and relaxation. Some of the local parks have seats, however, the majority of local parks consist mainly of shade trees and grass areas.

Some local parks also have a playground, which is typically a small scale, junior playground that caters to younger children. 

Linear parks

Linear parks are linkages between open space areas and can also act as significant open spaces in their own right. 

This includes walking and bicycle trails, habitat, creek and vegetation corridors such as the Dandenong Creek and drainage easements.

Bushland / nature conservation reserves

Bushland reserves include areas of remnant vegetation and indigenous flora and fauna. Reserves for bushland and nature conservation place a high priority on conservation, whilst providing opportunities for passive enjoyment and amenity. There are currently four such reserves in Greater Dandenong: