One of Melbourne & Olympic Parks' key strategic goals is to maximise the usage of our facilities and the opportunities we can provide to the people of Victoria.
Besides our venues where ticketed sporting and other entertainment events are staged, our facilities include public recreational parkland at Gosch's Paddock and Olympic Park Oval. We welcome the general public to enjoy using these fields for (non-organised) activity when they are not being used by our tenant clubs for training.
Likewise, we encourage the public to hire tennis courts at Melbourne Park (and the new National Tennis Centre). Yes, you can hit on the same courts used by the world's best tennis players at the Australian Open each January! Additionally, there are gym memberships available - visit Tennis World for more information.
Melbourne & Olympic Parks also supports the following two charity partners:
Alkira is a community based not-for-profit organisation that strives to meet the needs and wishes of people with intellectual disabilities, through care and support, to enrich and challenge them to be part of the world community.
Alkira was established in 1954 by a small group of parents and today provides services to over 150 people and support to their families.
In addition to providing a rich range of activities and training across several Day Service centres, Alkira has also established a number of residential facilities: these include respite accommodation as well as a unit dedicated to the needs of seniors and people with early onset dementia.
Whitelion has a proud history of working with highly vulnerable young people involved with, or at risk of involvement with, the youth justice system and/or out of home care. With nearly 50,000 vulnerable young people in Australia, Whitelion provides education and employment opportunities to help break the cycle of substance abuse, criminal activity and incarceration.
Whitelion’s team of outreach workers and mentors help young people to find the courage to seek a better future. Research has shown that a high proportion of young people involved in Whitelion’s programs do not re-offend.
Since the opening of AAMI Park, via the LED roof lighting, M&OP has supported a number of organisations promoting worthy causes. These include;
- Earth Hour
- Parkinsons Victoria
- Cancer Council Victoria
- Victoria Police
- Melbourne Festival
- World AIDS Day
- City of Melbourne
- Amaze Autism Victoria
- Ovarian Cancer Institute
AAMI Park’s roof lighting is available to be booked for not-for-profit events, such as festivals and charity causes. Availability is subject to scheduled events at the Stadium. For more information, please click here.