City of Whittlesea's $4.2 million project will include a redevelopment of the pavilion, pitch and carpark at HR Uren Recreation Reserve.

A purpose-built home for Lalor United Sloga Football Club and a welcoming space for residents to exercise will be created in the heart of Thomastown.

The $4.2 million City of Whittlesea investment will redevelop the pavilion, pitch and car park at HR Uren Recreation Reserve.

Marking a major boost for grassroots sport, the existing pavilion and carpark will be extended to include a new function space and kitchen for club events, spectator viewing area, a first aid room, and car park lighting.

Council’s Chair administrator Lydia Wilson said with soccer participation growing almost 25 per cent in the City of Whittlesea over the past five years, the redevelopment of the reserve would provide opportunities for more people to get involved and enjoy the benefits.

“Council is focused on creating and maintaining premium sports facilities that encourage our residents to lead healthy and active lifestyles,” Ms Wilson said.

“With more than 250 members at Lalor United Sloga Football Club, we’re excited to see the club thrive in the new facility, and I look forward to seeing local residents to make use of the new grounds for some year-round exercise.”

Council is in the final stages of constructing a new FIFA-approved synthetic pitch at HR Uren Recreation Reserve. Construction of the pitch will be complete in April 2022.

Construction of the community pavilion is due to start in April 2022 and is expected to be complete by late-2023.

For more information about the reserve redevelopment, visit whittlesea.vic.gov.au/hruren.