The football and cricket communities of Doreen are celebrating the upcoming redevelopment of Laurimar Recreation Reserve’s west oval.
The upgrade will include the installation of new drainage and irrigation, a cricket wicket, and a natural turf surface to provide teams with premium facilities for training and matches.
New fencing and coaches’ boxes will also be installed as part of the redevelopment.
Whittlesea council administrator Chris Eddy said providing the “first-rate facilities” that support community sport was a high priority for council.
“Local sport is at the heart of our community and helps bring people together,” Mr Eddy said.
“The upgrade to Laurimar Recreation Reserve will boost participation in sport and help keep our community active.”
The reserve is the home of the Laurimar Football Club, which includes over 600 members.
Club president Alasdair Walker said he was looking forward to teams playing and training on the redeveloped ground next season.
“The upgrade will be truly first-class and provide a better home facility for all of our teams,” Mr Walker said.
“It will improve safety, accessibility and importantly sustainability, which will give us the confidence to grow and attract more members to the club.”
Works on the redevelopment are set to commence next month.