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Exciting news for Victory Park play space

Local children were excited to have their say on the designs for the new Victory Park play space.

The Victorian State Government has committed funds towards a new accessible play space at Victoria Park.

Monday 9 April 2018

Designs for a fun and accessible play space at Victory Park are close to being finalised, with the State Government this week committing $89,520 towards the project.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is committed to the project which will renew the play space and enable children of all ages and abilities to play alongside each other. The design for the new play space includes an accessible carousel, zipline, climbing boulders, musical elements, basket swing and ping pong table.

“We want play spaces to be exciting and inspirational places for the community to come together, and offer children the opportunity to explore, create and imagine,” said Bronwen Machin, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Victory Park is a beautiful and important place right in the heart of Castlemaine. Council aims to create a play space which will give families and children even more reasons to spend time at the park and offer even more ways to enjoy this important community asset,” said Cr Machin.

Council undertook extensive consultation in developing the design including online and onsite surveys, public and online concept plan and mood board displays, community listening post with pop up play space, consultation with Castlemaine and Castlemaine South kindergartens, and discussions with Windarring about accessibility.

As a result of the feedback a zipline has been added to the design, along with additional boulders for rock climbing and opportunities for water play further developed through the linking of the drinking fountain with the creek bed. The design includes an accessible drinking fountain, a range of seating options and shade.

“The State Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund grant of $89,520 is a welcome contribution towards the project. Our Active Communities Team is also working with community groups to find ways other ways of collaborating on this community project,” said Cr Machin.

Detailed designs are expected to be finalised by June, with construction proposed next financial year. The play space delivers directly on recommendations of the Victory Park Conservation Management Plan.

The play space will complement the experiences offered at other playgrounds around the shire such as nature play at Taradale and the goldfields heritage experience at Maldon.

Photo: Local children were excited to have their say on the designs for the new Victory Park play space last year.

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