In December 2015, Council adopted the Victoria Park Master Plan (2015) to provide long-term strategic guidance for what is one of Ballarat’s most significant and iconic parks.
The Master Plan includes recommendations which will result in:
Preservation of Victoria Park’s large open spaces and landscape character
Additional tree planting and improved vegetation management helping to increase Ballarat’s urban forest
Improved recreation facilities, clubrooms and ovals to support Ballarat’s increasing demand for shared and multi-functional recreation opportunities.
A large outdoor events space and infrastructure to support increased events capacity within the Park and the Ballarat region
Enlarged native grasslands and additional water bodies to improve biodiversity, reduce flooding, and harvest stormwater for irrigation of ovals and trees
Improved parkland amenity and leisure facilities including: toilets, playgrounds, BBQ’s, seating, and drinking fountains
The progressive implementation of the Master Plan will protect and further enhance Victoria Park’s unique landscape qualities and features, whilst providing for increased demand for a broad range of recreational facilities, leisure opportunities and spaces for community events; ensuring that Victoria Park continues to be highly valued by the Ballarat community into the foreseeable future.
Victoria Park was established in 1890 with Victoria’s first Arbor Day plantings and is one of Ballarat’s most significant parklands. It is over 120 hectares in size, is centrally positioned between Ballarat’s CBD and major growth corridor to the west, and has a diverse history of community use for recreation and events. It is also one of the best examples of a European style parkland in Australia today.
In recent years Victoria Park has been subject to increasing and often competing infrastructure development challenges and opportunities including:
Preserving and enhancing the Parks historical plantings, landscape character, native grasslands and environmental and historical values.
Addressing increasing traffic issues and flooding issues throughout the Park.
Existing user group and stakeholder desires for improved ovals, upgraded or new clubrooms, lighting, improved road surfaces and car parking.
Community desires for improved access, connections, passive leisure opportunities and improved amenity and safety.
The need for a venue for a major events facility within the Ballarat region.
Community demand for new and improved facilities for shared and multi -functional use to cater to Ballarat’s growing population.