About the Whittlesea Public Gardens redevelopment

Whittlesea Public Gardens, located on Barry Road, has been the heart of Lalor and Thomastown for decades. As the local community has changed over the past 20 years, the upgrade of Whittlesea Public Gardens will reflect the current and future recreation needs of residents.

Signalling a new era for the popular Lalor park, the upgrade will reenergise the area and create a modern space to get active, socialise and enjoy the outdoors.

The redevelopment of Whittlesea Public Gardens will be delivered in stages. The first stage of the redevelopment of Whittlesea Public Gardens will include an impressive new playground, equipped with a large play tower, double flying fox, rope climbing unit, swings, slides, in-ground trampolines, rockers, nature play and more.

The first stage of the upgrade will also include a new learn-to-ride area. It’s sure to be a hit with young cyclists, with the park’s fun-sized roundabouts, speed bumps, intersections and crossings, providing hours of fun and education.

The first stage of the redevelopment was completed in December 2022. Future stages will include a skate park, upgrade to the dog off-leash area, rock climbing wall, basketball/multipurpose courts and outdoor fitness equipment.

Council’s $2 million investment into the first stage of the Whittlesea Public Gardens transformation is supported by a $2 million contribution from the Victorian Government

Staging Plan

Redevelopment staging plan

Redevelopment staging plan

Stage 1 - COMPLETE

The redevelopment of Whittlesea Public Gardens will be delivered in stages, starting with a new play space, learn-to-ride area and picnic and barbecue precinct.

Stage 2 will include:

  • A 100m long district level skate park for beginners to intermediate users
  • Boulder and climbing wall
  • Two 3 on 3 basketball courts with hit up wall and multi-lined for use as multi-purpose courts
  • Grassed kick about space
  • Picnic shelters and settings
  • Double hotplate barbecue
  • Seats with backs and armrests
  • Benches
  • Drinking fountain, bike hoops and public bins
  • Lighting along key pedestrian and cycling paths
  • New car park

Stage 3 will include:

  • Wetland and waterways improvement including increased native vegetation, rockwork and boardwalks
  • Continued network of pedestrian and cycle paths with lighting throughout the reserve
  • Protection and enhancement of the Native Grassed conservation zone to the north west corner of the reserve.
  • Natural water play elements around the wetlands.
  • Outdoor fitness equipment.
  • Repurpose the redundant lake into an irrigated events lawn.


Key Documents