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Sports, Parks, Playgrounds & Pools

We’ve got so much on offer to bring out your inner child – everything from art galleries and theatre shows to skate parks and swimming pools.

There’s so much to experience in your neighbourhood. So go on, what are you waiting for!?

Riverside Driving Range Operating Hours

There will be 20 bays available for use, with a limit of 100 balls available during busier periods, to help manage anticipated demand and provide equitable access to the facility.

Patrons will be required to register upon arrival for management of attendances and contract tracing purposes. Bookings are not required and will not be taken.

All touchpoints will be sanitised between use and hand sanitising stations will be made available. Golf balls will be cleaned between use.

Ball Hire

  • 50 balls: $7.80
  • 100 balls: $11.50

The last ball hire is 30 minutes prior to close.

Please telephone 0455 437 191 during opening hours if you require further information or email riverside@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Opening hours are as follows and are subject to change.

Opening hours 
Monday7am – 3pm
Tuesday7am – 3pm
Wednesday7am – 8pm
Thursday7am – 3pm
Friday7am – 3pm
Saturday3pm – 8pm
Sunday7am – 8pm

Our open spaces and leisure places

Refer here for park master plan information.

  • Travancore
    Strathmore Heights
    Strathmore
    Niddrie
    Moonee Ponds
    Keilor East
    Flemington
    Essendon West
    Essendon North
    Essendon
    Avondale Heights
    Ascot Vale
    Airport West
    Aberfeldie
  • Undercover spectator area
    Toilets
    Tennis courts
    Swimming pool
    Sporting grounds (oval)
    Skate park
    Public barbecues
    Playground
    Outdoor exercise stations
    Netball courts
    Lights for evening use
    Leisure centre
    Indoor exercise equipment
    Golf course
    Driving range
    Dog off-leash area
    Community garden
    Change rooms
    BMX dirt track
    Bicycle repair stations
    Basketball facilities

Hiring sports grounds

If you are interested in using any of the sports grounds in Moonee Valley, please make a booking by completing and returning the application form (pdf, 100KB) to us at least seven days before you need the site.

Contact us on 9243 8888 or email recreation@mvcc.vic.gov.au for more information.

Hiring costs:

  • Half day - $39
  • Full day - $76
  • Moonee Valley schools do not need to pay hire charges

Booking the athletics centre

Bookings are required for all events and they should be made at least four weeks before the desired event date.

For bookings contact our Sport and Recreation team on 9243 8888.

All applications must comply with the booking policies. View the conditions of use (pdf, 148KB)

Please see the calendar for March 2020 - May 2020 bookings (pdf, 56.6KB).

Access to the Athletics Centre is restricted during these booked times.

Hiring costs:

Carnivals

Moonee Valley school sports day $470
Non-Moonee Valley school sports day $556
Association carnivals $715

Training*

Moonee Valley schools $64 per hour
Non-Moonee Valley schools $79 per hour
Casual training/professional coaching $98 per hour

*During peak times, training sessions between 10am - 3pm must be booked for a minimum of four hours.

Peak times 2018:

  • 4 March - 30 March
  • 15 April - 31 May
  • 22 July - 13 September

Riverside Netball and Tennis court bookings

The Riverside Tennis and Netball courts are now managed by Council and bookings are available for netball and tennis competition, training and coaching.

For regular tennis or netball hire enquiries, please email recreation@mvcc.vic.gov.au.

Casual tennis court bookings are now available through the link below between 7am and 8pm daily. The cost to hire a court is $25 per hour (minimum one hour booking time). Please note that lights are currently not available for casual hirers, and no refunds apply so check all details carefully before confirming your booking.

Make sure to read the Terms and Conditions prior to making your booking.

Bowes Avenue Netball and Basketball court bookings

The recently resurfaced courts behind Bowes Avenue Community Hall are available to be hired by sports clubs or private residents.

The site consists of 3 courts that can be used for netball with courts 2 and 3 also marked for basketball. Goalposts on courts 2 and 3 can be turned for the appropriate sporting goal posts.

This site is open to the public for casual free use however bookings will take precedence over the public, it will also give you access to lighting if needed.

Regular weekly hirers who hirer the courts will also have access to the toilets within the Community Hall (not other spaces within the facility).

For regular or casual bookings of the courts, please email recreation@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Using public barbecues

Our parks and reserves offer a range of great facilities, including free barbeques!  No bookings are required but you’ll need to BYO cooking utensils and cleaning products, and make sure the barbeque is cleaned after use.

Our plan for playgrounds

We have developed a Playspace Plan to guide the upgrade, replacement and installation of public playspaces.

To report broken or vandalised play equipment, make a request for service online or contact us on 9243 888.

Joining a community garden

There are currently eight community gardens in Moonee Valley. The gardens are spread across the council area on reserves, at neighbourhood houses and on public housing estates.

If you are a public housing tenant in Moonee Valley you can join one of Cultivating Community's Gardens which are located at inner city public housing estates. Visit the Cultivating Community website to find out more.

Community gardens give you the chance to:

  • connect with others outdoors
  • grow your own food
  • learn and share gardening skills
  • improve spaces.

We recommend making the most of existing growing spaces before establishing a new garden.

You could contact existing community gardens or local schools to see if there is gardening space you can get involved in, or join Council’s My Smart Garden Program that offers regular gardening workshops across Moonee Valley.

Start your own community garden

If you still want to start a new garden, you need to:

  • find other people who are keen and committed
  • identify and assess potential sites (see site criteria below). Discuss the proposed site with us (9243 8888 or parkimprovements@mvcc.vic.gov.au) for advice on suitability.
  • once suitability is established, submit a proposal to us, including a garden plan, proposed scale, design, funding, management and the results of your community consultation.

We will assess the proposal, and if supported, assist with formal community consultation. If the consultation is positive, the proposal would go to a Council meeting for approval.

If approved, we will develop an agreement for the use of land. Your group would need to be incorporated and set out roles, responsibilities and processes for managing the space.

Once an agreement is in place, your group can build the garden.

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