This consultation is closed.

Project update

Concept plans for Porter Road Park were endorsed at the Ordinary Meeting of Council on 8 November 2023.

Community feedback was considered to revise the two concept plan options into a single concept plan – with combined elements to better balance community preferences, best practice and to maximise the limited space. The revised concept includes more junior play equipment, a smaller soft surface basketball and netball area, and maintains the features strongly supported by the community such as picnic and seating area and lawn and open space.

We are now progressing with detailed designs with this planned to be completed by 30 June 2024. Construction will then follow with timelines dependent on future funding and budget allocation.


Council is keen to create new open space for the community in Bentleigh, to meet the needs of our growing population.

The Open Space Strategy Refresh identified there were gaps in the provision and distribution of small local open spaces in Bentleigh and this new space aims to address that gap.

Three properties on the corner of Porter and Small roads were bought by Council and have been cleared to make way for a new open space.

The new local park could present a new area for the local community to gather, relax and play.

OPTION ONE uses parallel parking spaces next to the site to expand the park out into parts of the road reserves to increase its open grassland (eight parking spaces will be removed). This makes the footpath wider where it runs adjacent to the road, allowing for direct north-south movement along Porter Road. The concept includes:

  • a nest swing
  • table tennis table
  • outdoor fitness equipment
  • a picnic shelter and seating area
  • larger open grassland for passive activities
  • grass mound.

OPTION TWO keeps the existing footprint of the site (including footpath and parallel parking) and positions a smaller open grassy area to the north of the site. The concept includes:

  • a half-court basketball court
  • netball ring
  • table tennis table
  • outdoor fitness equipment
  • a picnic shelter and seating area
  • open grassland for passive activities
  • grass mound.

A traffic impact assessment concluded there would be no foreseeable parking or traffic impacts as a result of the proposed road being narrowed in response to the proposal for the design at option one.

The timeline for the park to be constructed has not been confirmed.

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact the Recreation and Open Space team on 9524 3333 or email