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William Street Reserve renewal

William Street Reserve sportsground on a blue sky, sunny day. Reserve sign and grass in the foreground with a white picket fence surrounding the sportsground.

We’re upgrading the William Street Reserve oval as part of our commitment to improve the quality and sustainability of sports and recreation infrastructure across the municipality. Included in the Active by the Bay Recreation Strategy and the 2023/24 capital works program, the renewal also seeks to help meet the increasing needs for community sport and recreation infrastructure.

Key features

The essential ground reconstruction will help to improve safety and the quality of the surface for all Reserve users. Project works include:

  • Upgrades to the drainage and irrigation systems
  • Reshaping and levelling the playing surface
  • A sun and heat-resistant natural turf surface to optimise the level of use
  • New synthetic cricket pitch
  • Goal post upgrade
  • Perimeter fence upgrade (retaining a similar aesthetic while maintaining compliance with Australian standards)


Commencing early October 2023, works will adhere to EPA guidelines with works undertaken between the hours of 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday, and 8am and 3pm on Saturday. 

The project will take up to 12 months.

What to expect during works

  • The oval will be fenced and there will be no public access
  • Construction vehicles onsite will be managed to minimise disruption to parking and street access
  • Potential for reduced parking onsite due to construction
  • The playground, cricket nets and pavilion will remain open for use

Project updates

June 2024

The majority of works are complete, however access to the ground is currently prohibited to give the grass time to establish. 

Damage to the exposed sandy areas may delay opening of the ground to the public.

Council will keep the temporary dog enclosure in place to provide a safe area for dog walking during this time.

Temporary off-leash dog area

A temporary fenced off-leash dog area is located on the corner of Halifax and William Streets. The area of approximately 2200m², will remain in place for the duration of the sportsground renewal project.

  • The temporary enclosure can be accessed through two gates.
  • Water is available at the Halifax Street end of the enclosure.

Alternative off-leash dog areas located nearby:

  • 4 min drive
    • Hurlingham Park - Brighton East
  • 6 min drive
    • Elsternwick Park Ovals 3 & 4 – Brighton
    • Dendy Park – Brighton East
  • 7 min drive:
    • Sillitoe Reserve - Hampton
  • 9 min drive:
    • Simpson Reserve – Hampton
  • 10 min drive:
    • RG Chisholm Reserve - Sandringham

You can also visit Bayside's dog walking page.

Project cost

As part of Council’s 2023/24 capital works budget, the project’s estimated cost is $1.2 million

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More information

If you have any questions or require further project information, contact:

Belinda Griffiths, Recreation Project Coordinator

03 9599 4881