This project involves the revitalisation and expansion of public open space at Carlson Reserve in Clayton to enhance family social recreation opportunities. This will be a staged project.

Project benefits to the Clayton community

The project will deliver the following benefits for the Clayton community:

  • Additional open space for passive recreation
  • New playspace with recreation infrastructure
  • New fitness equipment
  • General reserve improvements to visual amenity, accessibility, connectivity and safety
  • New recreational and social infrastructure, spaces, surfaces and pathways throughout the reserve to support recreational users especially families e.g. informal recreation, shade/shelters, picnic area and water feature etc.
  • Retaining and uplifting the existing shade sail
  • New and improved free public multi-sport hard courts with LED sports lighting for community use which can be used for tennis, futsal, basketball, and more.

Stage 1. Playground

Stage one is the construction of a Neighbourhood Standard playground in 2021-22 at Carlson Reserve, Clayton. This upgrade project is essential, as the current playspace is dated and requires an upgrade in order to create a space that is fit for purpose and relevant for the community.

Estimated cost: $450,000.

Stage 2. Forecourt

Stage two is revitalising the land freed up by the demolition of the old scout hall as a landscaped forecourt area which will provide additional family social recreation opportunities. Monash Council has been successful in securing $300,000 funding from the Victorian Government’s Parks Revitalisation Grants Program for Carlson Reserve Park Revitalisation.

Estimated cost: $300,000.

Stage 3. Multi-purpose courts

Stage three is to upgrade the existing two public tennis courts to multi-purpose courts and associated sports lighting which is approaching the end of its useful life.

Estimated cost: $780,000.