New-look design for Ray Bastin Reserve open for consultation

The new design features a new regional playground and a social space with shelters, seating and barbecues. Picture: SUPPLIED

Casey Council is seeking community feedback on the draft concept design for the redevelopment of Ray Bastin Reserve in Narre Warren.

Inspired by community input as part of the initial community consultation last year, the draft concept design outlines a number of features which aim to improve accessibility for people of all ages and abilities, enhance the natural environment and re-imagine the theme of ‘The Rocket Park’.

The proposed redevelopment will include a new regional playground, replacement of the Liberty swing with alternate all-abilities play opportunities, a social space with shelters, seating and barbecues, an exercise loop and equipment, a multi-use court, improvements to the existing skate park and pump/bike track, an art installation and new pathways and landscaping improvements.

Casey Council administrators chair Noelene Duff PSM said a number of elements and infrastructure at the 4.5-hectare reserve, including the regional playground, are due to be replaced or revitalised to ensure the reserve continued to meet the needs of Casey’s growing community into the future.

“Ray Bastin Reserve is a highly valued community asset featuring a regional playground that caters to both locals and visitors from further afield,” she said.

“We listened to what the community told us as part of our initial community consultation, and the feedback we received from children, young people and their families has helped influence the detailed design we are now sharing with our community.

“The proposed design includes features that matter to our community, including elements that focus on adventure and activity-based play, sensory and nature play, storytelling, play and exploration areas as well as improved access for all ages and abilities.”

Valued at $3.095 million, the project is being jointly funded by Casey Council ($1.245 million), the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund ($1.6 million) and the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund ($250,000).

Consultation closes at 5pm on Sunday 15 October.

Residents will also be able to provide feedback during a session at Ray Bastin Reserve on Tuesday 10 October between 3.30pm and 5.30pm.

To view the plans, visit