Due to its age and condition, the playground at Highfield Park is scheduled to be replaced in the 2019-20 financial year.  


After receiving feedback from the community the design of the new playground is now complete. Construction is scheduled to commence in early-mid 2020.

About the project

View the updated Highfield Park Playground improvement design below.

A community consultation was held in November/December 2018, seeking ideas and feedback to help Council shape the new playground’s design.

The design is now complete and includes the community’s most popular requests:

  • Continue the existing castle theme with a ‘castle fort’ multi-play unit with easy toddler access to a double slide (1.2m high), activity panels, rope access with varying degrees of difficulty to the senior tube slide (2m high), cubby space beneath platforms with seating, shop fronts activity panels, tunnel and most importantly custom timber panels with arrow slits to defend against the new Highfield Dragon!
Computer aided design model of a castle multi-play unit

Example of a castle multi-play unit

  • A new sculptural play item. The dragon will allow for both inclusive, imaginary and challenging physical play opportunities. Play hide and seek in the dragon tail tunnel or use the body frame as monkey bars.
  • A 3m high fitness frame with single climbing rope (ages 4-12+ years) 
  • New quad swing set with 2 x senior strap seats, 1 x infant seat (with secure chain) and 1 x expression swing seat (combined adult and infant seat).
  • New multi-user (4+ people) semi accessible carousel (ages 2-12+ years).
  • New nature play experiences including rock balance boulders, new sensory planting and quiet timber seating nook beneath the existing oak trees.

Other amenities:

  • Upgraded picnic settings for social gatherings.
  • New accessible pathway between carpark and BBQ area.
  • New accessible drinking fountain.
  • New bicycle stands.
  • New dragon wing shade sails over central play area.
  • New garden bed planting.
Two children sit on a double slide in a playground

Example double slide


Community consultation was run in November / December 2018. The key themes we heard from the community were:

  • Shade is extremely important.
  • Include adventurous equipment for older children to keep them coming back.
  • Toddler accessible play is also important.
  • Include more swings.
  • Maintain a castle theme.
  • Improve park furniture and paving for community gatherings. 

More information

For more information, contact our Landscape and Design Team on 9278 4060 or email [email protected]ara.vic.gov.au

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