By Jessica Anstice
A popular Pakenham park is about to undergo a huge revamp, as the council seeks community feedback on its draft masterplan.
BP Ronald Reserve is set to receive extensive upgrades that will include a new multi-use basketball court, the remembrance cenotaph relocated, and an expansion of the existing skate park.
Cardinia Shire Council’s draft plan represents a shared vision for the Pakenham reserve and sets the direction for the future of its active and open space areas.
The reserve is also home to the Pakenham library and hall, as well as the Pakenham Living and Learning Centre, SCOPE disability service and the RSL memorial walk.According to the draft plan, the Pakenham Bowls Club will receive a new bowling green with additional seating and shelter around its perimeter, a roof over the existing green and a new outdoor space with seating and shade trees.
The new bowling green will replace the existing tennis court that is located beside the bowls club.
Next to the new bowling green, a multi-use sports hardcourt, with shelter, will be installed for informal basketball, netball, soccer and tennis.
The existing skate park will be extended, as well as upgraded and surrounded by newly planted trees.
The Pakenham cenotaph and plaques will be moved from John Street to Henry Street on a large paved surface with a ceremonial stair and discrete lighting.
The relocation of the cenotaph will create a safer and more accessible location for the community to gather.
A new parkour circuit or ‘ninja warrior’ course and upgraded exercise equipment has also been included in the draft masterplan.
Between the new multi-use court and the existing outdoor public swimming pool, is the proposed location for a new and upgraded men’s shed.
The council is planning on building a new picnic and barbecue area nearby the Living and Learning Centre that is located along Henry Street.
Overall, the lighting throughout the park will be strategically upgraded, more trees will be planted, extra shelter will be built and there will be more bench seats available.
The council prepared the draft master plan based on community feedback collected during consultation in 2019.Cardinia Shire mayor Jeff Springfield encouraged community members to have their say.
“I strongly encourage members of our community to contribute their ideas on the draft master plan for PB Ronald Reserve to ensure it’s a place that meets local needs now and into the future,” Cr Springfield said.
Along with seeking community input via an online survey, the council is also consulting directly with key user groups to ensure the draft master plan represents a shared vision for the future of the reserve.
For more information about the consultation and to have your say online, visit the council’s website at www.cardinia.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay
The consultation closes on Sunday 26 July.