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Harcourt play space open for fun

Ellenor and Thomas enjoying the new equipment at the Harcourt play space.

A new play space has opened in the heart of Harcourt, providing families and children a unique destination for some serious fun.

Monday 9 November 2020

A new play space has opened in the heart of Harcourt, providing families and children a unique destination for some serious fun.

With the six-metre tower rising up as the town’s new landmark, the play space at Stanley Park North on Harmony Way cannot be missed.

“We know that children, and some adults too, have been counting down the days. We’re excited to have this wonderful new facility open for the benefit of the local community and to visitors alike,” said Cath Olive, Manager Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

The play space features an exhilarating ten-metre long slide from the tower, swings, a climbing wall and many diverse elements for play.

“Fun and accessibility are a real focus of the play space. The rubber softfall is designed to allow easy access to the wheelchair-accessible carousel, accessible swings, rocker and the spinner,” said Ms Olive.

“There are some fabulous views from the lookout at the top of the tower, and I’m sure it won’t just be children clambering and climbing to the top to take in the sights.”

A new path connects the playground with the La Larr Ba Gauwa Park car park, the Harcourt Pony Club, Dirt Park and the Harcourt Swimming Pool, and accessible public toilet amenities are located at the pool grounds.

Council officers and the designers have worked to ensure that the beautiful trees within the reserve are protected and more indigenous plants have been incorporated into the play space.

Creative elements are scattered throughout the play space, including an oak leaf seat and apple star footstool crafted by Central Victorian artist Linton Torr. A meeting place to tell stories, listen and learn has also been created.

A drinking fountain provided by Coliban Water, and a BBQ bought utilising funds from the Harcourt Progress Association has also been installed

“The play space has been an incredible collective effort by the Harcourt community, local children, members of the play space working group, and the local Indigenous community,” said Ms Olive.

“Thank you to everyone who came up with ideas, gave feedback on designs, or helped along the way. We would not be at this point without your valuable contribution,” she said.

As regional Victoria is in the Third Step of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, everyone should keep at least 1.5 metres distance from others and hands should be washed after playing.

While the play space is open for fun, COVID-19 restrictions means the planned official opening will look a little different. The play space is expected to be officially opened early December.

Council funded the play space in partnership with the Victorian Government, who provided $350,000. The Harcourt Progress Association generously contributed $6,500 courtesy of a Maldon Community Bank grant.

Image: Ellenor and Thomas enjoying the new equipment at the play space in Harcourt.



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