Work has begun on a new community sports court with CCTV and lighting in central Dandenong.
Replacing the temporary Pop-Up Park near Dandenong railway station, the new multi-sport park is expected to open at the corner of Cadle and George streets by mid-2019.
It features a court that can host a variety of sports including basketball, netball and futsal.
The $650,000 project on Development Victoria land is being funded by the State Government ($550,000) and the City of Greater Dandenong ($100,000).
Youth Minister and Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams said the park would benefit local young people, residents, visitors, businesses and the broader community.
“The original pop-up park was extremely popular, and it is fantastic to be able to deliver a new multi-sport park in the heart of Dandenong.”
Greater Dandenong mayor Roz Blades said the council recognised the importance of a recreational facility for young people in the area.
It is part of the $290 million Revitalising Central Dandenong initiative, which dates back to 2006.
The Government expects the RCD project to attract more than $1.2 billion in private investment and create 5000 jobs.