Improving your playgrounds

As highlighted in our Public Open Space Plan 2016-2031, Council strives to maintain the provision of public playgrounds, including replacement of playground equipment that has come to the end of its functional life.

The following playgrounds will be upgraded as part of the 2022/23 Playground Replacement Program.

  1. Yallambie Park Playground, Yallambie
  2. Partingtons Flats Playground (including Partingtons Flat North and South), Greensborough
  3. E J Andrews Reserve, Briar Hill
  4. Harrington Reserve Playground, Montmorency

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

Play equipment that is removed will be upcycled by the Rotary Club of Ivanhoe who will refurbish and rebuild them in Sri Lanka.

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Design principals

Key elements

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

An assessment is made of each individual site to determine unique characteristics such as slope, aspect, tree cover, size of park, facilities and the 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, how the new design can complement these other facilities and to 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 renewal?

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
  • Public art in plays space.