Ovals, cricket wickets, practice nets and tennis courts will be upgraded at Epping Recreation Reserve as part of a $5 million masterplan for the site.

Whittlesea councillors endorsed the plan last week, paving the way for upgrades to the 9.3-hectare reserve.

The reserve, which borders High and Miller streets and O’Herns Road, is used by the Epping cricket, football and tennis clubs and currently has two football and cricket ovals, a pavilion and changerooms, six tennis courts, playground, public toilets and barbecues.

Under the masterplan, oval one will be redeveloped, with lighting, drainage, cricket wickets and coaches boxes to be improved.

Minor upgrades will be made to the scoreboard and coaches boxes on oval two.

Two of the existing tennis courts will be redeveloped and cricket practice nets upgraded to include five bays. A new fitness circuit and basketball/netball court will also be created.

The plan includes an expansion of the pavilion forecourt to include a central plaza with spectator seating, shelters and picnic and barbecue facilities.

A report to council said the plan would guide the future use and development of the reserve.

“Given the rapid population growth of the area and the increased participation in a range of sports across the precinct, the review of land use and existing facilities will ensure it continues to function as a safe and accessible open space destination for both the local and visiting communities,” the report said.

Cr Lawrie Cox said he welcomed the masterplan.

“I know the Epping Football/Netball Club is looking forward to using the netball court, which is an addition to the reserve,” he said.