Hansen Reserve, West Footscray

Hansen Reserve

Hansen Reserve is a large municipal reserve in West Footscray with open space, sporting fields, tennis courts and a playground.

In 2023 Council’s endorsed master plan for Hansen Reserve was updated. The updated master plan provides a framework for ongoing development at the reserve which includes:



Regional grade playground development


Junior bike skills track construction


Public toilet construction


Path lighting enhancements


Increased tree planting and landscaping

190 trees planted in past three years.  Ongoing.

Path construction and renewal


Turf playing fields and lighting upgrades

Planning underway.

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Community pavilion redevelopment.

Commencing 2024.

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Construction of competition netball courts and multi purpose enclosed cricket nets

Commencing following redevelopment of community pavilion.

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Construction of a skate elements plaza and basketball court

Design in progress.

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Upcoming projects at Hansen Reserve

Turf playing fields and lighting upgrade

Indicative construction dates: February to September 2024

Barlow Oval (south eastern oval) and the two soccer pitches at the north eastern corner of the reserve will soon be receiving a compete reconstruction, including:

  • revelling/regrading
  • upgraded irrigation
  • new subsurface drainage
  • new turf
  • upgraded lighting

The lighting on Walker Oval (north western oval) will also be upgraded along with the construction of the perimitre path network to the north of the Reserve.

Note: Barlow Oval and the two soccer pitches will be closed for the duration of the works. There will also be smaller isolated closers from time to time across the reserve for installation of supporting infrastructure.

Community pavilion redevelopment

Indicative construction dates: Mid 2024 – Late 2025 (subject to funding approval)

The community pavilion will provide modern universally designed unisex facilities with access for people of all abilities; with the ultimate aim of increasing player retention and participation.

To provide equitable facility access across sporting codes, the new pavilion will be constructed at the centre of the four turf playing fields and the new netball courts, as per the Master Plan.

The new pavilion will boast a large multipurpose space and a meeting space that will be available for community group bookings outside of times required for sporting club activities. The pavilion will also feature a commercial kitchen, modern change rooms with gender neutral amenities, spectator seating, more storage and enhanced landscaped surrounds.

Plans for the new Pavilion are currently being developed and will be shared with the community upon completion. 

Netball courts and multi purpose cricket nets

Indicative construction dates: 2026 (subject to funding approval)

Following construction of the new Community Pavilion and pending funding approval, two new competition netball courts and enclosed multipurpose cricket nets will be constructed at the eastern side of the Reserve, adjacent to the new pavilion.

The new netball courts will enable local netball teams to have access to a safe and modern training and match venue, which will help support the local football and netball league’s growing netball competition. 

The relocated enclosed multipurpose cricket nets will provide for flexibility in use outside of hours required for cricket club activities and will improve safety of Reserve users. 

Skate elements plaza and basketball court

Indicative construction dates: TBC (subject to funding approval)

A design is currently being developed for a new skate elements plaza space and full sized basketball court.


Past projects at Hansen Reserve

2018 Hansen Reserve Master Plan

In 2018 Council endorsed a master plan for Hansen Reserve. The Masterplan provided a framework for ongoing development at the reserve which included:

  • Upgrading the playground to a regional standard in line with recommendations in Play Maribyrnong, Council's Playground Improvement Plan 2016-26
  • Improving visitor amenities
  • Improved path construction and renewal
  • Tree planting
  • Installation of path lighting
  • Public use playing courts
  • Carpark upgrades. 

Junior bike skills track and regional playground development

Hansen Reserve, West Footscray is set to become a destination point with the construction of a new regional quality playground scheduled to commence in mid-July 2021. This will complement the junior bike skills track which opened in 2020.

The junior bike skills track is a place for young riders to learn and improve their bicycle skills in a fun and safe off-road environment.

In 2018 Bike West, a local community cycling advocacy group, secured partial State Government funding for design and installation of a bike track.  Council contributed additional funds to deliver the project.

The bike track was opened to the public in March 2020.

Regional grade playground

In 2021 a new playground equipped with iconic features that engage the senses, fuel the imagination and provide a physical challenge for people of all ages and abilities was constructed in Hansen Reserve.

The playground design was informed through community consultation when developing the Masterplan for Hansen Reserve, and references the historic use of parts of Hansen Reserve as a quarry through the use of stone, steel and timber in the design.

The centrepiece of the playground is a custom play tower with slides, climbing and balancing features and a large basket swing. This is complimented by natural play elements, including sand and waterplay opportunities as well as other playground equipment, such as swings, trampolines, rockers and others.

The playground is in a landscape setting with extensive shrub and tree planting. New visitor facilities included an additional picnic shelter, barbecues, bicycle parking and park furniture. Adjacent grass areas were improved and irrigated to provide space for ball games, and picnics.


35A Roberts Street, West Footscray 3012  View Map

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