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Master plan endorsed for Reserve

Master plan endorsed for Reserve

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

A master plan for Nick Ascenzo Reserve was endorsed at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 21 November, providing direction for future improvements to this major open space in Thomastown.

The short, medium and long-term recommendations outlined in the plan will enhance the natural features of the park, improve safety and ensure an inclusive and distinctive reserve that provides a range of recreation, informal sport, and social opportunities for all to enjoy.

City of Whittlesea Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the plan has been developed with feedback received during community consultation.

“Thank you to everyone who contributed their feedback. The insights our community has shared with us – including from residents, a nearby school, community activity centre users and local traders have helped us develop this master plan,” Lydia said.

“We heard that safety, accessibility, inclusive play and socialising opportunities are priorities, and the master plan addresses these through changes to lighting, landscaping, path connections, and play spaces.”

The master plan includes upgrades to ensure the Reserve is welcoming and accessible. These include improvements to the entrances, better parking facilities, a running loop, nature play, fitness stations, and a multi-purpose court.

“These changes will provide a versatile recreational space that caters to our diverse community, including a playground with nature-based play elements, and a scooter, skate, and BMX loop, all of which provide a range of options for children of all ages to get active and get involved in creative play.”

These new recreation options encourage physical activity, promoting a healthier lifestyle within the community, while the flexible central lawn, expanded picnic area, outdoor gathering spaces and plaza space will serve as venues for community events, picnics, and social gatherings, fostering a sense of connection for the community.

The plan also includes planting additional trees for increased shade, and low-maintenance garden beds, enhancing the park's ecological diversity and sustainability.

Delivery of the master plan’s recommendations are subject to funding through Council’s annual capital works program.

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