AFL and athletics have won a new home at new The Water Lane Reserve at Box Hill.
Hills Shire Council has just finalised the Master Plan for The Water Lane Reserve following a public exhibition period.
The new reserve will provide facilities for AFL as the nominated winter sport and athletics as the nominated summer sport. There will be children’s playground and parking for over 200 vehicles.
Bounded by Water Lane and Timbercrest Street on either side and Greenridge St and Outback Street, the new reserve will feature two ovals, athletics facilities, an amenities building, playground, shaded structures and a pathway around the perimeter. The project will now progress into the detailed NEW BOX HILL RESERVE ON THE WAY design phase, which includes refining plans and designs envisioned for the site, followed by construction.
Hills Shire Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne said the new reserve would be an important asset for the new release area of Box Hill and the wider Hills community.
“The Reserve has been designed to be multi-purpose and inclusive of many different user groups,” Mayor Byrne said. “We’ve investigated the optimal mix of various sports to be played at the Reserve, while balancing access for passive recreation purposes.“
Hills Shire Council set aside $1.8 million to continue The Water Lane Reserve, Box Hill, embellishment in the budget. The Hills Shire Plan for 2019/2020 also includes:
• $83.5 million in acquiring land required for open space embellishments and playing fields in the Rouse Hill, Balmoral, North Kellyville and Box Hill Release areas
• $36.8 million on road rehabilitation and renewal to maintain pavement and wearing surfaces
• $11.6 million on maintaining existing parks and bushland
• $14.9 million to begin the Hezlett Road upgrade
• $8.7 million to relieve congestion on traffic facilities
• $8.5 million on various new and existing parks embellishment and facilities
• $5.7 million on footpaths to enhance active lifestyle walking and cycling
• $4.1 million on Kellyville Park upgrades
• $3.9 million in SES and Rural Bushfire activities
• $2.9 million to start the Balmoral Road Sports Complex Reserve