About Worrell Recreation Reserve

The Worrell Recreation Reserve is a key open space centrally located in the Emerald township. Following the endorsement of the Masterplan in June 2020, and completion of key elements of the Masterplan, the next stage is the implementation of the youth plaza and skate park.

The Worrell Reserve youth plaza and skate park will provide the community with a uniquely designed and family friendly multi use recreation space including a skate park that is supported by the existing surrounding facilities. The project responds to the significant growth in the interest and participation of action sports including skateboarding, BMX, scooter, and mountain bike riding. There has been a noticeable increase in community interest for these facilities in response to the covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns experienced by Melbournians. This project will improve access to sporting and social recreation opportunities for the children and young people of Emerald as well as the surrounding Hills community.

The Emerald community through the support of key community groups have been instrumental in seeking local and state government funding to bring forward the much-anticipated youth plaza and skate park element of the Masterplan. Funding for the detailed design has been allocated in Council’s 22/23 financial year capital works budget. State Government has also committed $1m for the construction of the project and requires Council to complete a formal submission by September 5th, 2022, to secure this funding.

Part of this application involves the submission of a draft concept plan to Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV). To meet the application timeframes and ensure we have captured what you want to see in the youth plaza and skate park, we have commenced an initial round of community engagement. The information we receive will be used to develop a draft concept plan which will be submitted to SRV.

We will engage with you again regarding the draft concept plan. Please see the timeframes to the right hand side of the screen which maps out the process and timeframe through to construction if our application is successful.

Phase 1 engagement will close 14 August 2022.

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Introducing Baseplate

We have engaged one of Australia’s best-known skate park designers Baseplate to work with us and you to design the Worrell Reserve youth plaza and skate park. Baseplate recently designed the very popular Gembrook Leisure Park, and Cochrane Park Skatepark in Koo Wee Rup.

Your participation in this survey will help inform the design with detailed design and construction to follow.

We will present the proposed concept design to you once developed to ensure we got it right.

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