Project update

The draft James Reserve Master Plan is now available for viewing.

In February 2020, we consulted with the community and received 254 ideas and suggestions through an online survey and interactive map. Check out the consultation findings.

We used your comments to develop the draft James Reserve Master Plan so this area will better serve the community.

Some of the changes include:

  • A new pavilion to the west of the soccer field
  • Enlargement of playground, nature play and multi-purpose court areas
  • Sporting opportunities.

We are now finalising our draft master plan and welcome feedback until 21 August 2020.

Thank you for your involvement in the James Reserve Master Plan project.

About the project

James Reserve is a well-loved park which is in need of an upgrade. It is anticipated that James Reserve will increase in popularity due to population growth in the area and we need to plan for this now.

We asked for your thoughts on the James Reserve Master Plan concept design, with the aim to create a vision for James Reserve that will give us a safe, attractive and functional park catering for both active and passive recreation. Therefore, James Reserve will continue to be a place where people meet, go to relax, exercise, play and have fun.

The James Reserve Master Plan will guide the development of James Reserve.

Improvements include:

  • Lighting
  • Playground including nature play
  • Facilities including change rooms, toilets and sports pavilion
  • Sporting opportunities (informal Futsal and Netball)
  • Fencing
  • Landscaping/planting
  • Accessibility
  • Irrigation

The James Reserve Master Plan will be implemented in alignment with budget and funding allocation.

Have your say

Have your say on the draft James Reserve Master Plan. Let us know if we got it right? Feedback is open until 21 August 2020.

What is your relationship to Banyule?


Heidelberg Heights has the third highest population density in Banyule and its population and housing density is projected to increase substantially in the coming years. The suburb has limited access to parks and reserves and there is a need to improve both the quality of and access to, existing public open space. Our committment to public open space, participation and place is captured in both our Public Open Space Plan (2016-2031) and Council Plan (2017-2021); James Reserve has been highlighted in the Public Open Space Plan (2016-2031) for improvement.

James Reserve is a 1.5 hectare neighbourhood park located in the suburb's south in proximity to Bell Street and Upper Heidelberg Road. Existing park facilities include play equipment, half basketball court, cricket net, soccer pitch, fencing, public toilets and pavillion. The site includes a mix of native and exotic mature trees located towards the periphery of the site. James Reserve is home to the Heidelberg Eagles Soccer Club and used by the surrounding community for passive recreation.

Our approach

We have engaged 3 Acres Landscape Architecture to develop a masterplan concept design for James Reserve. 3 Acres Landscape Architecture have completed background research, a site analysis and investigated opportunities for improving the functionality and amenity of James Reserve including a review of the path network, furniture, play facilities and opportunities to install large spreading canopy trees. We have also established an internal working group to provide expert advice and input into the masterplan concept design, and will meet with key James Reserve stakeholders including the Eagles Soccer Club and St Hellier Street Children's Centre.