Robin Thomas Reserve

After a period of public consultation in 2017, the City of Parramatta Council endorsed the Robin Thomas Reserve and James Ruse Reserve Master Plan in 2018. In 2019, Council successfully applied to the NSW Department of Sports for funding under the Greater Sydney Sports Facilities Fund (GSSFF) to help deliver the master plan.

Council has now developed a concept plan for proposed sporting facility works at Robin Thomas Reserve and James Ruse Reserve that are consistent with the endorsed master plan. The proposed works include improved sports field drainage and playing field surface to increase usage capacity for a variety of both passive and formal sports including football and cricket; new practice cricket nets, and a new amenities/toilet block for James Ruse Reserve to service the existing skate park, playground and water play park.


In early 2022, Council invited feedback on the concept plan prepared for the Robin Thomas Reserve and James Ruse Reserve sporting facilities upgrade. You can check out the concept plan below or download  HERE.

  • During the consultation period, this page attracted 464 visitors with 31 surveys completed.
  • Over 80% of people supported the concept plan.
  • Respondents were particularly supportive of the toilet block and footpath.

Some of the responses included out-of-scope items such as gym equipment, additional lighting and play equipment, a car park upgrade, as well as suggestions for a café/kiosk and BBQ’s. While these items are out-of-scope for this project, they may be considered as part of future upgrade works.


Next steps

Council is now in the planning stage and is currently looking at irrigation and drainage design, as well as preparing for heritage approvals to implement the works. It is expected that the amenities building and cricket nets will be the first items to be constructed; these works are expected to commence in late 2022, followed by the playing field upgrade in 2023.