Work on the first stage of the Ewing Park redevelopment is well under way, with a new sports oval expected to be completed by winter.
The $1.6 million first stage of the redevelopment will include a new playing surface, a dual-lane athletics track that doubles as the run-off zone for the field, lighting upgrades, a new cricket pitch and goal posts, new fencing, an irrigation system using recycled water, and landscaping.
City of Greater Bendigo acting manager active and healthy lifestyles, Brett Flavell, said the council was aiming to have this stage completed in May to June.
A second stage of the Havlin Street West park's redevelopment is also planned, subject to funding and budget approvals.
This would include a 'wheeled sports hub', the designs of which Mr Flavell said were now being finalised.
The hub would feature a district-level skate park, a cycling trail hub and a learn-to-ride park.
The second stage would also include a play space, outdoor fitness equipment, and more player shelters.
Mr Flavell said a budget submission to cover the skate park and some other elements would be considered for 2021, and the council would also look at applying for government funding.
The reasons behind the redevelopment, he said, were that Ewing Park was a well-utilised space for junior and club sport, but being in a large residential area, it also needed to support wider community activity.