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Ascot Vale

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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Ascot Vale is 15,667, with a population density of 40.84 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Ascot Vale is bounded by Maribyrnong Road and Ormond Road in the north, Moonee Ponds Creek in the east, Baroda Street, Mount Alexander Road, Kent Street, Ascot Vale Road, the Flemington Racecourse railway line, Epsom Road, Langs Road, Leonard Crescent and Fisher Parade in the south, and the Maribyrnong River in the west.

Name origin

Ascot Vale is named after the famous English racecourse Ascot, as the suburb formerly contained a racecourse called Ascot.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s. Population was minimal until the late 1800s, with growth through to the early 1900s, particularly around Union Road. Expansion took place in the interwar period. Growth continued during the post-war years, particularly in the western section. The population increased slightly from the mid 1990s, a result of new dwellings being added to the area. Population growth is expected to continue, largely from the Ascot Chase residential development on the former Orica Research Laboratories site (off Newsom Street).

Land use

Ascot Vale is an established residential area, with commercial areas along Mount Alexander Road and Union Road.

Major features

Major features of the area include Riverside Golf & Tennis Centre, Ascot Vale Leisure Centre, Essendon Hockey Centre, Fairbairn Park, Walter Street Reserve, Rothwell Park, Tom Edmunds Reserve, Victory Park, Wingate Avenue Skate Park, the Ascot Vale railway station and numerous schools.