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.


Community engagement

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 on the next tab.

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.


Click on the glowing icons below for more details about what is planned!

Aerial concept plan of Robin Thomas Reserve and James Ruse Reserve

Frequently asked questions

Council staff have carried out a detailed and extensive assessment of the site to establish the most appropriate locations for the toilet block and cricket wickets. Constraints include sub-surface archaeology and minimising excavation as well as proximity to existing services. E.g. existing water play pump house and impact on existing infrastructure and usage of the site.

Further information about the endorsed Robin Thomas Reserve and James Ruse Reserve Master Plan can be found on the City of Parramatta website.


If you would like information supplied in another language or format, please contact Council's Community Engagement Team via 1300 617 058 or

If you would like to speak to someone over the phone in another language, call TIS National on 131 450 for a free interpreting service. Let them know you want to speak to City of Parramatta Council and your chosen language and they will connect you.


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