Skate, shoot, rest and play

A $1.5M upgrade for Gembrook Reserve, Victoria

Gembrook is a town in Victoria, Australia, 54 kilometres south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, located within the Shire of Cardinia.

Late in December 2019 the community welcomed the opening of the new upgrade to Gembrook Reserve. The $1.5 million play space and skate park received $500,000 from the Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund, which supports the creation of community connections, enhanced services, and provides greater opportunities at the local council level.

Upgrades to the park include a new adventure playground, shelters and barbecues, a multi-use sports court (basketball, netball and soccer), and a state-of-the-art skate park.

Additional upgrades include:

  • Pathway connections into the park
  • Additional sealed accessible parking
  • Hangout space next to the skate park
  • Passive lawn area with barbecue shelters and tables
  • Play space with accessible play elements, and adventure play options including flying fox
  • Refurbishment of the existing public toilet


“We are thrilled with the shelters supplied, they really enhance the site and blend in well with the surrounds”

Thomas Nicholls. Senior Project Manager, Cardinia Shire Council

Cardinia Shire Mayor Councillor Jeff Springfield thanked community members for their input into the park’s design, and encouraged all local families to attend the opening day and appreciate this new open space.

“The new Gembrook Leisure Park is a fantastic space for people of all ages from Gembrook and the surrounding areas, and Council sincerely thanks the community members who helped us create such an incredible place for our community to enjoy,” Cr Springfield said.

An extensive consultation process was conducted in March 2018 to find out what the community wanted to see in the Gembrook Leisure Park Masterplan. More than 150 community members gave their feedback in an online survey. Later, a concept plan for the park received 160 responses before 800 votes were cast on the preferred playground design.

“Gembrook Leisure Park’s upgrades will now not only meet the needs of the growing local community, but will also provide an important attraction for visitors to the area. I encourage all families to visit the park and experience it for themselves!” Cr Springfield said.

Terrain Group’s Akiva Shelter in 6mt length x 4mt wide was specified in 3 locations on the site, 2 units being placed together adjacent to the play space area and designed to span 12 metres of shade with back screening fitted to protect picnic makers from the afternoon sun. Another unit was placed nearby the skate park for the avid skaters to rest and relax.

The shelters and screening were manufactured in our aluminium anodised finish in commercial bronze colour and finished with a woodland grey roof. All units were flange mount fixed to concrete slabs and supplied with all stainless steel fixings.

The Akiva Shelter combines sleek, modern lines with a Versiclad Insulated roof to create a shelter that is eye catching and unique, yet incredibly comfortable and functional. As play spaces evolve and modern designs and products that compliment these open spaces are available we see the importance of following this through with our shade structures.

Speaking with Thomas Nicholls, Senior Project Manager at Cardinia Shire Council,  we were delighted to hear his feedback on our products: “We are thrilled with the shelters supplied, they really enhance the site and blend in well with the surrounds”.