Construction underway on Upper Yarra Reservoir Park revitalisation project

The Upper Yarra Reservoir Park near the dam will be revitalised. PICTURE: ON FILE

A new playspace and multi-court development is set to revitalise the Upper Yarra Reservoir Park, with construction now beginning on the project.

Old, run-down tennis courts will be turned into an exciting new park for kids and adults alike, the revamped park will feature a number of active and passive play areas for residents and visitors.

Specifically, the park will include an active play and ball game area, sheltered rest area and equipment such as slides, swings, monkey bars a see-saw and accessible carousel.

The project was supported by the State Government’s Parks Revitalisation Grants Program, with the $570,000 project split evenly between Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Yarra Ranges Mayor and O’Shannassy Ward Councillor, Jim Child, said the new playspace will be a welcomed addition to the local community.

“The existing location was very outdated and tired looking, and to be honest not a very inviting place at all, so for it to be transformed into what has been proposed is something to really get excited about,” Cr Child said.

“We all know how important having outdoor spaces are to improving the physical and mental health of our community, so this new playspace will provide great benefit.”

Landscaping and interpretive signage will showcase the local wildlife in the area, provided by Melbourne Water.

Melbourne Water’s South East Regional Services Manager John Woodland thanked Wurundjeri elder Aunty Doreen Garvey-Wandin for providing stories around the significance of the animals being featured on the signs.

“It was fascinating to learn from Aunty Doreen what these animals mean to the local area where this fantastic playspace will be constructed,” Mr Woodland said.

“Melbourne Water is delighted to be involved with the project to enhance this part of the Upper Yarra Reservoir, which is where these animals call their spiritual home.”

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2022.