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 is expected to be complete by mid-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.

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Stage 1 Design

Stage 1 Design

Click on the icons below to get a look at some of the exciting features proposed for the upgraded Whittlesea Public Gardens.

Stage 1 Design

Staging Plan

Redevelopment staging plan

Redevelopment staging plan

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 1).

Stage 2 will include:

  • A 100m long district level skate park for beginners to intermediate users
  • Graded spectator lawn area
  • Rock climbing wall
  • A full-size basketball court and a half-size basketball court (multi-lined for use as multi-purpose courts)
  • 100 space car park
  • 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

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.


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