Autumn Upgrades Underway

Autumn Upgrades Underway

The Caulfield Commons is going to be a hive of activity in the coming weeks as a range of exciting new facilities and upgrades are delivered.

Sure to be the most popular will be the introduction of a dedicated dog wet play space that will be located in the southern section of the off-leash dog area. This space will be landscaped to create an exciting and interesting space for dogs to swim and explore, and include an island and range of plantings.

There will also be new shelters and seating installed in the off-leash dog area to make it a nicer space to relax and enjoy while also providing weather protection in the height of summer and winter.

New park furniture will also be installed around the Northern Lake, and perimeter fencing will be installed to improve safety and protect the wildlife. Recent community feedback, including an overwhelming response to the Strategic Management Plan, identified the need to protect and celebrate the Reserve’s biodiversity features. This included fencing and protecting the Reserve’s wetlands and trees.

The public toilet block and boardwalk will also get a face lift, with the boardwalk to be re-decked and new seating installed to optimise the prime bird watching location and area to relax near the public bbqs and pavilion. This area will also feature new drink fountains, seating and a dedicated art wall to feature local artists.

“We are really excited to deliver these upgrades that are going to make a big difference to our regular users. We are seeing more people, more events and more activity in the Reserve and these upgrades will ensure our new and existing users enjoy their visit and have great facilities,” said Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust Chairperson, Sam Almaliki.

“The Caulfield Commons is a place for everybody, and these upgrades will make a difference to a broad range of users. Whether you’re coming to walk the dog, photograph the birdlife, enjoy the markets or events, fly a model plane or go for a run these improvements will make it easier and more enjoyable.”

The design and location of the new facilities has been developed in coordination with the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action and Heritage Victoria to maintain the Reserve’s heritage characteristics and values and best utilise the existing services and facilities.

The works will be completed as soon as possible to minimise any disruption and further updates will be provided as works progress.

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