Planning for open space

Did you know that Glen Eira has the lowest amount of open space within any Victorian municipality? That's why we manage parks to balance the need of all community users - all while providing high quality facilities with a diverse array of opportunities. 

We are guided by our Open Space Strategy, which further informs the Masterplans that provide direction and structural guidance on the future developments within our larger reserves. 

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Open Space Strategy

Our Open Space Strategy guides the future planning, provision, design and management of public open space in Glen Eira. This includes understanding and addressing the open space needs of the existing community and planning ahead to anticipate and meet the open space needs of the forecast population within the municipality. 

To discover more about our plans for open space, access a copy of the Open Space Strategy.


We have developed Masterplans for a number of our parks and reserves, as part of a commitment to upgrade ageing infrastructure and provide future focus for our open space. Consideration is given to how parks function as a whole, and how different elements combine to best provide for our ever-changing and growing community. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • location of buildings
  • opportunity for multipurpose sporting facilities
  • car park and access
  • links and pathways
  • public lighting
  • barbecue and/or picnic areas and other facilities
  • other recreational facilities, such as playgrounds or outdoor fitness equipment, which meet current and future community needs.

The development of our Masterplans involve extensive community consultation and give us clear direction for the future development and management of our parks. 

Lord Reserve and Koornang Park Masterplan

The Lord Reserve and Koornang Park Masterplan was adopted by Council in June 2019.

The vision for this Masterplan is to celebrate the existing unique character and features of the two parks, whilst uniting them as a single coherent space to meet the future needs of the community.

The Masterplan has been guided by the following principles:

  • Identify elements of the park that are unique and explore how these can be retained, re-imagined and/or reinterpreted
  • Retain as many significant trees as possible
  • Consolidate Lord Reserve and Koornang Park to develop a consistent precinct character
  • Increase the net area of open and recreational space and minimise traffic accessing the centre of the site
  • Minimise visual impact of any new facilities upon the park.

Key actions of the Masterplan include:

  • consolidating and redeveloping the pavilion at Lord Reserve
  • construction of a new sportsground at Lord Reserve
  • retention and enhancements of plantings, gardens, play spaces and outdoor fitness equipment
  • re-configuring car parking around the reserves.

View the Lord Reserve and Koornang Park Masterplan.

Outer Circle Railway/Boyd Park draft Management Plan

The refreshed Outer Circle Railway Landscape Management Plan, endorsed by Council in March 2019, provided an update to the existing 2004 Landscape Management Plan.

The Landscape Management Plan addresses the significant changes made to the southern boundaries of Boyd Park and Riley Reserve through the Caulfield to Dandenong grade separation project. Areas that once adjoined a fenced rail corridor become activated through a newly created linear park, and this Plan sees the connections, access and function of these spaces change dramatically.

Additionally, the Melbourne Water project to duplicate drainage pipes has seen major disruptions to the environment at Riley Reserve, Springthorpe Gardens and the central area of Boyd Park.

Some of the matters the Landscape Management Plan addresses includes:

  • Assessment of maintenance regimes and their impact and make any necessary recommendations to ensure the integrity of the park is adhered to with a suitable action plan
  • Address the significant landscape characteristics of each space
  • Recommendations presented in the Glen Eira Open Space Strategy
  • Development of specific landscape and infrastructure treatments
  • Consideration to align the level crossing removal project and Melbourne Water drain upgrade
  • Management and development of the existing vegetation and facilities
  • Consideration of connectivity and access around the park.

View the Outer Circle Linear Park Management Plan

Caulfield Park Masterplan 

The refreshed Caulfield Park Masterplan, endorsed by Council in July 2019, reviewed actions implemented from the 2001 Caulfield Park Masterplan and identified new actions for the future vision of Caulfield Park.

Caulfield Park is the most popular open space in Glen Eira, with areas of botanical significance, active sports facilities and recreational play spaces. The Caulfield Park Masterplan provides the vision to:

  • protect and enhance the existing landscape planting strategy across the park, specifically the exotic and native planting to the western historic precinct and the native and indigenous planting to the eastern precinct
  • safeguard and enhance the 19th Century heritage and character of the western end of Caulfield Park
  • allow for sporting facilities to evolve within the existing areas to accommodate growth and community needs
  • create engaging landscapes and infrastructure that promotes social cohesion, equality and accessibility to all members of the community
  • create spaces where a variety of activities can occur, a range of goals are addressed and different objectives can be pursued
  • explore opportunities to improve sustainability, resilience and adaption to a changing climate.

View the Caulfield Park Masterplan Refresh

EE Gunn Reserve Masterplan

We adopted the EE Gunn Reserve Masterplan (PDF, 1MB) on 5 September 2017. We have implemented it in stages since its adoption and will continue to do so as funding becomes available. Some of the actions already completed include reinstating the eastern sportsground, building a new golf birdie cage and installing a new synthetic cricket wicket.

Further recommendations included, but weren't limited to:

  • adding a shared trail behind the playground;
  • upgrading the outdoor fitness station;
  • adding new seating areas; and
  • installing a new park maintenance shed.

Find out more about the facilities at EE Gunn Reserve.

Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Masterplan

We adopted the Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Masterplan (PDF, 3MB) in April 2002, and designed areas of the masterplan in further detail in 2017. Completed actions include construction of additional netball courts and shelters.

Recommendations included, but weren't limited to:

  • extending the tree planting scheme;
  • a sheltered area adjacent to the sportsground toilets;
  • a new informal activity area/playground with new shelters, barbecues and tables;
  • a new 'bus only' drop-off zone on Crosbie Road; and
  • construction of an internal pathway with lighting.

Find out more about the facilities at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve.



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