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Construction to start at Harcourt play space

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

Construction on an exciting new play space located in the centre of Harcourt will begin in just a few days.

Friday 14 August 2020

Construction on an exciting new play space located in the centre of Harcourt will begin in just a few days.

“We’re really excited about this play space, and the important role that residents and our local Indigenous community have had in the design process,” said Cath Olive, Manager Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

The play space at Stanley Park North will feature a large six-metre high tower with an exhilarating ten-metre long slide, play stalls, a climbing wall and array of play equipment.

“The tower is sure to be a hit with local children as it rises to take centre stage within the park,” said Ms Olive.

“The tower will be one of the main features of the play space, and from the viewing platform you’ll have a great view to Mount Alexander to the east and the new miniature railway station to the west,” said Ms Olive.

“Fun and accessibility are the real focuses of the play space - it will have a wheelchair accessible carousel, accessible and traditional swings, an accessible rocker and spinner.”

Council awarded the construction tender to the experienced Eaglehawk-based business Ian Evans Creative Landscapes. Adventure Plus, a Victorian play equipment manufacturer and installer, will provide and install the tower and the majority of the play elements.

There will also be some creative elements incorporated into the play space including an oak leaf seat and an apple star footstool crafted by Central Victorian artist Linton Torr.

“We are pleased to be working with regional contractors and an artist on this project to provide jobs during these challenging times of COVID-19,” said Ms Olive.

The play space will be open to the community and ready for fun by December, weather permitting.

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

Image: An artist impression of the proposed tower at the new Harcourt play space.

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