Gladstone Park Master Plan Makeover

What was once an area of scrubby ex-forestry land adjacent to Gladstone Park in Woodend is currently being re-developed, providing an extension of much needed recreation space for the growing Woodend and Pegasus communities.

Gladstone Park before ground clearanceWith growth in the district demanding more sport and recreation facilities at the park, Council staff worked with the Gladstone Park Working Group to prepare a master plan for further development. Feedback and ideas that were submitted from the community along with key user’s requirements were taken into account during the plan development, which was approved by the then Woodend-Ashley Community Board in April last year.

Following clearance of scrub and debris, space for future sports fields has been created along with room for a large dog park for small and large dogs, which is currently being tendered for construction. A pathway linking Hakatere Road through to the park is almost complete and work will hopefully begin this year to develop more sports fields and extend the existing playground.

The park contains rugby fields, tennis and netball courts, an artificial cricket pitch, a rugby pavilion, a tennis pavilion, toilets, a playground and car parking areas.

Council’s Community Greenspace Manager, Chris Brown says “A lot of people that are new to the area and even some that have been here for a while don’t realise that they have this resource right on their doorstep. $900,000 has been allocated towards the upgrade to the entire park to implement the Master Plan. It’s a great asset for the community”.

Features of the Master Plan for Gladstone Park:

  • Additional car parking outside the rugby clubrooms
  • Space for the Woodend Rugby Clubrooms to expand in the future
  • A central pathway linking Hakatere Road and Gladstone RoadConstruction of pathway
  • An excercise circuit track is proposed around the edge of the park including basic fitness equipment.
  • A future ball sports area
  • Space for future expansion of the tennis and netball courts
  • Expanded playground around the existing piece of play equipment
  • Additional playing fields
  • A dog park with separate areas for small and large dogs
  • Future additional public toilet/changing rooms at the eastern end of the park