Timeline item 1 - complete
Develop draft design
We have developed a draft concept design with input from the sports clubs.
Timeline item 2 - complete
Community drop-in session
Thursday 1 December 2022.
Timeline item 3 - active
Share your comments by 5pm Friday 16 December 2022.
Timeline item 4 - incomplete
Develop final pavilion design
We will consider all feedback received from the community and finalise the pavilion design, based on feedback received from the clubs and the community.
Timeline item 5 - incomplete
Share final design
We will share the final design before we start construction.
Timeline item 6 - incomplete
About the upgrade
Willsmere Park in Kew East is an important community sport and recreational space. The existing pavilion is in poor condition and doesn’t meet the needs of the sports clubs or the broader community.
The pavilion is used by:
- 2 junior soccer clubs
- one junior cricket club
- ultimate frisbee teams.
There are no plans to increase the level of activity or the number of sports clubs using the oval.
We are proposing to upgrade the changerooms, public toilet and other facilities in the existing pavilion. We are also proposing to build a new fit-for-purpose, single-storey pavilion next to the existing pavilion, with improved accessibility and better amenities for everyone’s enjoyment.
Additional car parking will help to address parking concerns previously raised by residents, with 16 new car parks added to the existing car park.
We plan to keep the existing pavilion open while the new pavilion is being built. Willsmere Park, including the playground, will still be accessible outside of the construction zone. After the new pavilion is complete, we will start works to upgrade the existing pavilion.
This project is in line with our Development and Funding of Community Pavilions - Sport and Recreation Policy and our Boroondara Community Plan 2021-2031. We have an allocated budget of $3.8m over the 2023–24 and 2024–25 financial years in our Council Budget 2022–23.
We are planning for the renewal works for Willsmere Park pavilion to start in late 2023.
The new pavilion
The new pavilion will include:
- 2 unisex change rooms and amenities
- 2 umpires’ rooms (including one accessible room)
- a first aid room
- storage facilities
- a multipurpose community space/social room
- solar panels.
The design of the new pavilion building has been carefully considered. We want to help minimise any visual impact and make sure there is a natural look and feel. The design will use an organic colour palette and sustainable building materials to tie in with the surroundings.
We have carefully selected the location of the new pavilion based on:
- existing flood levels (with the Yarra River located at the end of the park). The location of new pavilion maintains the free passage of flood waters and will not cause any significant rise in flood level
- location of the sports fields
- wheelchair accessibility and car parking
- sightlines for nearby properties to make sure views of Willsmere Park and the Yarra River aren’t affected
- minimal impact on surrounding trees. We are proposing to remove 5 deteriorating trees, however, we will replace these in another location in the park.
We are proposing to add 16 new car parks to the existing car park area next to Willow Grove. This will provide a total of 31 car parks. The design also builds on existing car parking infrastructure, which will minimise any impact on the open space reserve.
Improved accessibility is a key focus of the proposed design. We will provide an accessible public toilet that will be open 7 days a week.
We will create accessible car parking and a drop-off zone close to the pavilions, which will be connected with a ramp.
In between the existing pavilion and the new pavilion, there will be a landscaped community space with an accessible pathway and ramp connecting both buildings. We will also include seating and gathering spaces for the community to enjoy.
Our proposed design
Site plan of the new pavilion social room, viewing area and solar panels
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Floor plan of the new pavilion, existing pavilion and sportsgrounds
The red circles on the map below indicate the location of the deteriorating trees that we need to remove.
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