An artist's impression of Riverside Reserve’s redevelopment, due to begin next month.

Riverside Reserve in South Morang will be redeveloped starting from next month.

City of Whittlesea council will upgrade the park to include play and fitness equipment, a flying fox, a basketball half court and connected walking paths.

A new shelter with barbecue and picnic settings will also be installed.

City of Whittlesea chair administrator Lydia Wilson said the redevelopment of Riverside Reserve followed council’s commitment to create accessible open spaces that enable residents to get active and connect with their community.

“Now more than ever, the benefits of connecting with friends and neighbours outdoors are invaluable,” she said.

“The redevelopment of Riverside Reserve will help locals to exercise and socialise close to home, while enjoying the city’s picturesque landscape.”

Upgrade works are expected to start in September and will take about four months to complete.

The project will be funded by the City of Whittlesea, with the support of the State Government’s Parks Revitalisation Grants Program.