Improving your playgrounds

As highlighted in Council's Public Open Space Plan 2016-2031, Council strive to maintain its current healthy provision of public playgrounds. This includes replacing playground equipment that has come to the end of its functional life. We're replacing local playgrounds with new play equipment as part of the Playground Replacement Program 2021/22.

The following playgrounds will be upgraded as part of the 2021/22 Playground Replacement Program.

  1. Sherbourne Road Reserve - Tahlee Playground
  2. Gabonia Avenue Reserve Playground
  3. James Reserve Playground
  4. Yallambie Park Playground
  5. Partington Flats Playground (incl. Partigtons Flat North and South)

These playgrounds will be designed to respond to the needs of local residents.

Play equipment being removed will be recycled with the Rotary Club of Ivanhoe refurbishing and rebuilding them in Sri Lanka.

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2020/21 Projects

Have your say on these playground projects in Banyule.

Design principals

Key elements

When planning play spaces, we consider the following key elements:

An assessment is made of each individual site to determine any unique characteristics such as slope, aspect, tree cover, size of park, other facilities and proximity to other properties. From this we determine what might be the best fit for the site to ensure the new design is compatible with its surroundings and other facilities like toilets, paths, pavilions, sportsgrounds etc.

Playground classifications exist to help plan for our parks and reserves. We have invested in a number of regional play spaces including: Possum Hollow - Heidelberg, Binnak Park - Watsonia North, Malahang Reserve - Heidelberg West and Anthony Beale Reserve - St.Helena. All other parks and reserves in Banyule are classified as pocket, local and neighbourhood parks and are designed and budgeted for accordingly.

We look at all the playgrounds and opportunities for play in the local area, within about 500m of the chosen site to see what is available and how the new design can complement these other facilities and provide a wide range of experiences for all ages and abilities.

You have told us that you’re keen for new playgrounds to continue to offer opportunities for children of various ages to enjoy traditional experiences such as sliding, climbing and swinging but also for nature play to be offered. As such we have identified avenues to enhance natural elements in our play spaces for example logs, log steppers, large rocks and stone elements.

We are keen to ensure that wherever possible access to new playgrounds is improved. Proximity to paths and seating is an important consideration, as is the provision of equipment for all abilities.

Shade is an important element in the design of playspaces and there are a number of ways this can be incorporated. Shade sails are an option for our large regional playspaces however maintenance and safety constraints mean that other options need to be considered for pocket, local and neighbourhood playgrounds. These options include:

  • Retaining existing mature trees near the playspace
  • Planting new trees that will provide shade for the playspace in the future
  • Wherever possible incorporating roof elements within the proposed playspace

To ensure we can get maximum value from the new equipment we carefully inspect the type of materials available, the construction type and quality to ensure it will be able to provide fun, safe and quality play experiences.

Council allocates a set amount each year for each site based on its previous value and the category of park and playground eg. Pocket, Local, Neighbourhood or Regional.

Why playground renewals?

Why playgrounds matter

Local government plays an important role in promoting and providing opportunities for the community to be physically active and enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle.

When replacing playgrounds we try to make sure they provide:

  • Stimulating fun and learning activities;
  • Age related risk opportunities;
  • Activities that support the development of different skills and abilities;
  • Structured and unstructured play opportunities; and
  • Public art in plays space