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.
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.
Works to start on site
A planning permit for the demolition of the former Williamstown Ladies Bowls Club has been granted. The demolition works will start mid-April 2020. The works will also include the demolition of the current tennis courts and pavilion. This, and other aspects of the project, will be carried out with strict adherence to social distancing guidelines, as required by state and federal government.
Site establishment works will commence on 16 April 2020 and include installation of three protection barriers and construction site fencing around the current tennis courts, tennis pavilion and the former Williamstown Ladies Bowls Club site. The temporary construction access will be from Melbourne Road. As soon as the site fencing is erected, the area becomes a construction zone and we ask that people do not enter this zone. Some pathways through the reserve will also be closed. Please use only the pathways that are open and follow the detour signs.
Currently works to the new tennis courts are scheduled for completion in late July 2020.
Relocation of the Williamstown Central Tennis Club
With Stage 3 of a shutdown of non-essential activity across the country implemented by the National Cabinet, all sporting activities have been suspended until otherwise advised.
Nonetheless, should sporting activities resume and the new courts are under construction, WIlliamstown Central Tennis Club will temporarily operate from other courts located across Williamstown. These courts include Bayside Secondary College - Williamstown Campus, St Stephens UCA Williamstown and Power Street.
Stage 2 - Open space upgrades to the southern end of the reserve
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the concept design discussion in November 2019. A "what we heard" report will be issued in the coming weeks detailing the community feedback to the initial concept design and the revised design.
In the meantime, you can have a look at the initial concept design and design rational by clicking here.
Stage 3 - Construction of a new multipurpose community facility in the northern end of the reserve.
Council will shortly engage with members from the community groups who use the WIlliamstown Seniors Building and the Williamstown Central Tennis Club to assist in the concept design development of the new multipurpose community facility to be located on the reserve. A broader community consultation process will be conducted in the future to exhibit the concept design prior to the design being finalised.
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 November 2019 - April 2020 Project Update(PDF, 294KB)
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