Dennis Reserve Master Plan Implementation Project
Dennis Reserve is a popular park in central Williamstown. It is home to the Williamstown Central Tennis Club, Williamstown Bowling Club and Williamstown Senior Citizens Building where a range of community groups participate in activities and events. The reserve contains heritage features, a play space, established trees and gardens. Dennis Reserve is an important reserve for the local community as it provides a key connection between the Williamstown Activity Centre, local residential areas and other public facilities as well as a diverse range of active and passive recreation opportunities.
Stage 1 - Demolition of the former Williamstown Ladies Bowls Club, the Williamstown Central Tennis Pavilion and construction of tennis courts
The new tennis courts are now complete, and the Williamstown Central Tennis Club has now resumed play on these courts. Outside club usage times these courts will be accessible to the public using Book-a-court technology. Book-a-court technology provides the community with the opportunity to book a court online and access the tennis courts via a unique code, without having the contact the tennis club directly and pre plan your tennis game weeks in advance. We are currently finalising the details with the club to ensure that club times are in the system before the bookings open to the public. We anticipate this system to come online in early June 2021.
Stage 2 - Open Space upgrade to the southern end of the reserve
These works have been broken into two phases to enable continued access to open space for community use.
Phase 1: Landscaping around the new tennis courts, Serpentine path and along Lyons Street
These works are almost complete and access through the reserve via the Serpentine Path is expected to reopen to the public by early May 2021.
Perspective image of Dennis reserve looking north up Melbourne Road.
Phase 2: Landscaping around the southern end of the reserve and playground upgrade works
These works are scheduled to commence on 19 April 2021. During these works construction fencing will be erected along the road boundary of the works area. The works are expected to be completed in July 2021. During these works, the fenced-off areas are deemed a construction site and are closed to public access. Pedestrian traffic management will be in place and we ask that you follow the detour signs.
During this phase of works the playground will not be available. Nearby play spaces include MacLean Reserve behind the Williamstown Primary School and the play space at Commonwealth Reserve; see map below with approximate distances to the nearest play space.
Map detailing the nearest play spaces with approximate distances from Dennis Reserve
Perspective image of new landscaping at Dennis Reserve
Perspective image of Dennis Reserve
Stage 3 - Construction of a new multipurpose community facility in the northern end of the reserve
Design development on this exciting new facility is about to commence with the establishment of a project working group by late May 2021. The group shall comprise of representatives from the existing users of the two facilities and community representation. This group will input into requirements and ideas that will then be used to inform the design of the new facility. The concept plan of the new facility will be presented to the community for consultation.
If you have any queries please call Council on 1300 179 944 and ask to speak to the Dennis Reserve Project manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dennis Reserve Master Plan Process
Council endorsed the Dennis Reserve Master Plan at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 12 March 2019. The master plan will be implemented in three stages over the next three financial years:
- Stage 1 - the demolition of existing tennis courts, tennis club pavilion and the ladies bowling green and pavilion and the construction of four new tennis courts.
- Stage 2 - open space upgrades to the southern end of the reserve.
- Stage 3 - demolition of the existing senior citizens centre and construction of a new multi-purpose community facility.
For more details on the Dennis Reserve Master Plan and the consultation process, click here.
Stage 1 - Demolition of the former Williamstown Ladies Bowls Club, the Williamstown Central Tennis Pavilion and the construction of tennis courts.
Demolition has recommenced onsite after some slight delays due to the removal of utilities on the site including a light pole, electrical services and an unexpected gas line. As part of the demolition works, six trees will also be removed as indicated in the approved master plan for the site. Works on the new tennis courts will commence after the demolition is complete.
Stage 2 - Open space upgrades to the southern end of the reserve
Following community consultation in late 2019, the final concept plan includes a new playground, central passive area, new pathways through the reserve and improved and additional landscaping at the southern end of the reserve.
Construction works are expect to commence in February 2021.
To find out more about the final design, click here.
Stage 3 - Construction of a new multipurpose community facility in the northern end of the reserve.
Design development is scheduled to commence in November 2020 and a project working group will be established to guide the design. Further information will be provided closer to the time.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and impact on Council services
The current climate is a rapidly evolving landscape and we will keep you updated should changed to the project occur. All aspects of the project are being delivered with strict adherence to social distancing requirements, as directed by the state and federal governments.
For more information on changes to Council services, visit www.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Previous Project Updates
Click here for the August 2020 Project Update(PDF, 507KB)
Click here for the November 2019 - April 2020 Project Update(PDF, 294KB)
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