We're planning to renew the playground at Pridmore Park in Hawthorn.

Due to its age and condition, the playground is scheduled to be replaced in the 2021 financial year.


After receiving feedback from the community the design of the new playground is now complete.

Next steps

Construction is currently underway. 




Progress update

February 2020

Community consultation

We asked the community for their feedback to help inform the design.

The key themes we heard from the community were:

  • The park is highly valued for its variety of recreational opportunities, biodiversity and its friendly local feeling. 
  • The combination of dogs off lead, no vehicles, open spaces and play equipment is well loved, however, separation between the playground and the dog off-leash area was requested by over 71% of respondents.
  • The playground is well used - do not remove it.
  • Ensure there are opportunities for seating for both playground and dog off-lead park users.
  • The swings are well loved but please ensure opportunities for different age groups.
  • Ensure the design is sympathetic to the natural surroundings, nature play is great!

April 2020

Design developed

Concept presented to public, based on feedback received

February 2021

Works to commence

Approximately 10 week construction period expected, depending on weather.

About the project

Our original Playground Development Strategy recommended combining the playgrounds at Pridmore Park and Yarra Bank Reserve into a single ‘District’ Level playground. However, feedback received during the Yarra Bank Reserve playground consultation did not support this recommendation and therefore the Pridmore Park playground will be retained.  

For more information on the Yarra Bank Reserve playground replacement, please see our Yarra Bank Reserve playground replacement page.

    The new Pridmore Park playground design includes the themes most popular with the community:

    • The well-loved play unit will be upgraded to provide greater diversity in opportunities for a range of ages and abilities, including climbing and traversing, slides, a shop counter and a variety of climbing platforms.
    • A fence to provide separation between the playground and dogs off lead.
    • A variety of new swings including toddler seat, senior strap seat and a multidirectional basket swing.
    • Interactions with nature, including balancing logs among the wild flowers to delight and challenge children of all ages and their carers. 
    • Increased access with pedestrian paths to Mason Street, Yarra River Trail and play surfaces, suitable for users with limited mobility.  

    Other amenities will include:

    • new play equipment and nature play opportunities
    • improved accessibility
    • renewal of park amenities
    • new landscaping
    • solar lights on a timer
    A landscape view of Pridmore Park playground

    Pridmore Park

      More information

      For more information contact Council’s Landscape and Design Team on 9278 4060 or [email protected] 

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