Going to the park just got better for children living near the Hull Street Reserve in Hawthorn, King Street Chain in Balwyn North and Warner Reserve in Ashburton, following recent playground improvement works. 

The $350,000 improvements are the latest in the City of Boroondara’s ongoing Playground Replacement Program. Improvements feature a mix of contemporary play equipment to encourage imaginative and exploratory play, upgraded picnic facilities and extra tree shade. 

“Children’s playgrounds have come a long way since the days of teetering seesaws set in tarmac,” said Councillor Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara. 

“Boroondara is committed to providing local children with playgrounds which are safe and support creative, cognitive and social play as well as increased physical activity.”

Feedback from the community helped shape the redesign of the playgrounds with the most popular requests being delivered in the final result.

The playground at Hull Street Reserve has been enhanced with a new spinner, a triple swing with infant seat, strap seat and basket swing. In addition, there is a multi-play unit with activity panels, a shop front and climbing nets - promising hours of amusement for both toddlers and older children. 

The playgrounds at King Street Chain and Warner Reserve have benefited from similarly exciting overhauls. 

“Playgrounds are a great place for children to interact with the natural environment, so we have included new garden beds and plants to attract local birdlife, plus additional shade trees for protection on sunny days.”

“Boroondara is proud to be a family-friendly city and these three updated playgrounds are designed for all the family to enjoy,” Cr Parke said.

For more information, visit www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/improving-playgrounds.

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