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Designs finalised for Harcourt play space

Illustration of play tower to be included in the new play space at Stanley Park North in Harcourt.

Take a look at the designs for the play space in Harcourt at Stanley Park North.

Wednesday 22 April 2020

The journey to create an exciting new play space at Stanley Park North in Harcourt has reached another milestone, with designs finalised, play equipment ordered and a landscaping contract now out for tender.

The community has played an integral role in developing the design with a dedicated working group of local residents, parents, grandparents and educators contributing ideas.

Working with Council officers and local play space designers, the group has created a design inspired by the town’s fruit-growing history and indigenous culture.

The play space will feature a large play tower with its design inspired by apple crates and featuring the names of apple species grown in the region. The tower, measuring over six metres in height, takes in views of Mount Alexander to the east and the new miniature railway station to the west.

The play space will include a ten metre long slide, climbing wall, play stalls and a viewing platform. It also features extensive indigenous plantings along with locally quarried granite rocks and boulders.

Designed for all ages and all abilities, the space will include a wheelchair accessible carousel, accessible and traditional swings, an accessible rocker, spinner and many nature play elements.

“The landscape contract to construct the play space is now out for tender, which is very exciting for the community and everyone involved,” said Cath Olive, Manager Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Adventure Plus, a Victorian play space equipment manufacturer and installer, will supply and install the majority of the play elements,” said Ms Olive.

“Our plan is for construction to begin in July, with the play space completed and ready for fun in December,” she said.

“We know there will be a lot of excitement and anticipation from local children as they watch this wonderful play space being built.”

The landscaping tender closes on 6 May.

Council is funding the play space in partnership with the Victorian Government, who is providing a $250,000 grant. Harcourt Progress Association has generously contributed $6,500 courtesy of a Maldon Community Bank grant.

View the play space designs (PDF, 5.6MB).

Image: Proposed design for the play space tower, which will be more than six metres high.

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