Stage one works

We are pleased to let you know that works are about to get underway to redevelop Olympic Park.

The Masterplan for the site sets out three key stages for improvement and we are excited that funds have been allocated in our 2018/19 budget for stage one.

Over the past months we have been working with the Heidelberg United Soccer Club and others to plan for the works that will include:

  • An improved soccer pitch with LED lighting
  • New southern carpark
  • 2 new futsal pitches
  • New paths and viewing mounds

You can also view the full plans for stage one.

What’s next?

You’re invited to attend one of our information sessions where you can learn more about the project. Sessions are on at Barrbunin Beek, Aboriginal Gathering Place in Olympic Park at the end of Catalina Street.

  • Wednesday 13 February - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Saturday 16 February - 10:00am to 11:00am

Please RSVP to diana.neishaboory@banyule.vic.gov.au by 11 February indicating what session you are attending.

We will be putting the works out to tender in August 2019 and aim to complete the works by early 2020. If you would like to know more or have questions, please contact Krishen Soobrayen, Capital Works Coordinator on 9457 9846.

Olympic Park - Master plan

The Olympic Park Master Plan was adopted by Council on 14 March 2017.

A very big thank you for your input and feedback along the various stages of this project. It has helped positively influence the master plan that will give Olympic Park a real boost and re-invigorate the space over the coming years.

How

As Olympic Park is used by many within the community, we looked to hear from you as part of the master plan development identifying:

  • key issues and challenges limiting Olympic Parks use and development;
  • a vision to enable Council to plan for it’s future improvement.

The master planning process was extensive and involved many people. Looking at the timeline you'll notice the master plan was shaped over a number of stages and included several feedback opportunities.

Why

There has been an increasing demand for improved sport, recreation and cultural opportunities in the area. Combined with the La Trobe employment cluster driving future employment opportunities and population growth, there was need to develop a master plan to address current and future gaps in open space and facility provision.

In December 2015, we appointed Inside Edge Sport and Leisure Planning to develop a master plan for Olympic Park, Heidelberg West. Inside Edge Sport and Leisure Planning have prepared the plan in partnership with landscape architects, ACLA Consultants.

The objective was to prepare a master plan for Olympic Park ensuring best outcomes for the community, improved facilities, better linkages and access from both sides of Darebin Creek, and a long term sustainable plan for the precinct.

To help shape the plan consultations took place with Olympic Park user groups, the extended community and our officers to ensure it reflected the needs of the local community.

Where

Olympic Park is located on the western fringe of Banyule. The park is within an established residential area, sitting along side the Darebin Creek. On the otherside of the creek, (to the west) is a commercial precinct that includes Northland Shopping Centre and north-east from Olympic Park off Dougharty Rd, is a substantial industrial area.

The park is home to the Heidelberg United Football Club (soccer), Olympic Colts Cricket Club and the Barrbunin Beek Aboriginal Gathering Place. The site has a significant history and was once used as a prominent training base for the 1956 Olympic Games.