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Come and road test ideas for new play space

Play space ideas

Thursday 23 November 2017

Families and children are invited to head to Victory Park on Sunday 3 December for a first look at the ideas for a new play space at the Castlemaine park.

“The design concepts for a new district level play space will be on display,” said Ben Grounds, Manager Places and Spaces, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We are planning a creative play space where people of all ages and abilities can play, explore, socialise and connect,” said Mr Grounds.

“Staff and designers will be available to chat about the design ideas and collect feedback on the equipment, colours, materials and general features.

“We’ll also set up some pop-up play elements so children (and adults) can really get involved and road test some of the ideas,” he said.

Council is working with landscape architects Urban Initiatives, who designed the award-winning playground at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

The concept designs for the play space are based on feedback from a community survey, are sympathetic to the history of the park. They are focused on encouraging inclusivity and inter-generational play.

The design includes musical, swinging and spinning elements. The plan also includes seating, shade and barriers to the road and car park.

“Climbing, imaginative play and swinging were the top three activities people wanted to see in the new play space and the design has responded to this. People also wanted to see a space that offers challenges for older children,” said Mr Grounds.

“We’re really excited about this project and hope to see many families join us at the pop-up play space on the next market day.

The feedback will be used to shape the more detailed design which is expected to be available for community input in early 2018/Autumn,” he said.

The need to upgrade the play space from local to district level was identified in Council’s Let’s Play 2014-2024 Investing in Play Strategy.

Event information

What: Victory Park Play Space Designs
When: 10.00am to 12.00noon, Sunday 3 December
Where: Outside the Ray Bradfield Room, next to Victory Park and Farmers Market.
Forest Street, Castlemaine

The design concepts will be available for review from 4-15 December on the Have your say section of Council’s website or at the Market Building in Castlemaine.

For more information contact Edwina Reid, Active Communities Officer, 5471 1740, or email e.reid@mountalexandervic.gov.au.

Image: Bring the kids along to have a say on the concept designs for the new play space at Victory Park.

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