New Anthony Skarratt Reserve takes shape

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The Hills Shire Council has adopted a Master Plan for Anthony Skarratt Reserve, which aims to provide sporting and recreational opportunities for the growing Box Hill community.

The plan was placed on public exhibition for a period of 29 days, with 16 formal submissions received.

Amendments were made after the consultation process, including the addition of two synthetic cricket pitches, an outdoor gym and a baseball batting practice tunnel.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said the proposed Reserve will provide residents, especially those located in Box Hill and surrounding suburbs, with access to recreation and sport, as well as provide community facilities and services.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has really shown us the importance of public spaces, parks and reserves, and this Master Plan provides plenty of sporting and recreational opportunities for new and existing residents of our growing Box Hill community,” Mayor Byrne said.

“Box Hill has approximately 5000 residents and this will grow into an area that will sustain about 43,000 people in the future. That’s why it’s so important that we start planning for the future – so that new residents and families can access these wonderful facilities that promote health and wellness in their local area.

“I would like to thank everyone who participated in the consultation process. We’ve listened to the community and we’ve adapted their feedback into our new Master Plan, which I’m incredibly proud of.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this vision come to life real soon,” Mayor Byrne added.

The proposed Reserve will provide four football fields with two centralised cricket pitches, cricket practice nets, two baseball fields, six multi-purpose courts, playground and three car parks.

The site has also been identified as being the suitable location for the new Box Hill and Nelson Community Centre.

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