As part of the Victoria Park Concept Master Plan, we are planning to upgrade the northern playgrounds at Victoria Park in Kew to a new regional playground.

Status

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

Construction of the mini bus drop off bays and accessible car parking bays has started and is expected to be completed by late July, early August 2021. Construction of the playground is scheduled to commence in late-2021 and be completed by mid-2022.

Community consultation

In November 2019, we held a first round of community consultation seeking ideas to help inform the new playground’s design. After reviewing the feedback, a draft concept design was developed which included the community’s most popular themes.

Between June and July 2020, a second round of consultation was undertaken to share the draft concept design with the community for their feedback. The aim of this round of consultation was to find out if the draft plans reflected the most popular themes raised in the first round of consultation and the community’s overall thoughts on the design. 

The majority of people who responded to the consultation indicated they liked or really liked the proposed design.

However, we also appreciate not all community members were supportive of a regional playground facility and its supporting amenity within Victoria Park.

The final concept design has taken into consideration all feedback received throughout both rounds of consultation.

Visit our Frequently asked questions page to view the community's frequent design suggestions and queries during the consultation and how the final concept design addresses these.

Design concept

The new Victoria Park Regional Playground design is complete and includes the community’s most popular themes.

Retention and revitalisation of the existing bluestone wall and embankment

This includes:

  • new access to the top of the embankment
  • a new accessible grade footpath enabling access for all 
  • a ‘nature trail’ with logs, sensory planting, and play elements provides for the curious and playful users
  • new climbing grips attached to the existing bluestone wall designed for varying abilities
  • a new 4 metre high tube slide - facing south away from the summer sun
  • new transparent protective fencing - at the top of the bluestone wall

  • diverse seating opportunities to enable supervision from all perspectives

Challenging climbing opportunities

An adventure trail has been created consisting of:

  • an embankment climb with options of a climbing rope or climbing grips
  • a 6 metre high challenging rope pyramid climb
  • ‘Ninja Warrior’ style elements - including jumping pads, a warped wall and rope scramble net to reach the top of the bluestone embankment.

Active play opportunities 

  • a family-friendly learn to scoot, skate and ride pump track 
  • a fitness station - with pull up bar, gorilla bars, leg raises, body dips and roman rings
  • a dedicated senior’s fitness area

Sensory and nature play opportunities 

  • water play - water pump with a log and creek channel
  • sand play - sandpit with inclusive play edge
  • yarning circle with natural seating 
  • new sensory garden bed planting and shade trees
  • nature play - balancing logs, steppers and sensory planting 
  • build your own cubby - an accessible ‘lean - to’ style frame where loose materials such as sticks will be located to provide for hands on cubby creation 
  • sensory art elements - located throughout the playground to encourage curious minds to explore and discover

Play equipment for all ages and abilities 

  • a single run flying fox - featuring an accessible harness seat suited to all users. 
  • two in-ground trampolines - co-located near each other and featuring one wheel-chair accessible and one single round trampoline 
  • a giant basket swing - suitable for all ages, abilities and up to five users at one time
  • a five-bay swing frame - including an expression seat (combined infant and adult seat), infant seat, adult harness seat and two sling seats
  • a single spinner
  • an accessible sandpit edge

Additional park infrastructure has also been included to support the park and regional playground including shade sails, improved picnic and barbecue facilities, restrooms, accessible car parking bays and pathways.

About the project

Various improvements have been made at Victoria Park over recent years as part of the Victoria Park Concept Master Plan. We are now working on the next stage, involving upgrading the northern playgrounds to a new regional playground.

The new playground will be a space where locals and visitors can bring the family, spend some time and have fun. The project will enhance park amenities, improve accessibility and create a place for the community to enjoy.

The Victoria Park Regional Playground is supported by the Victorian Government through the Local Parks Program.

Victoria Park playground

One of the Victoria Park playgrounds (prior to upgrade).

Timeline

When Stage Progress update
November 2019 Initial community consultation We asked the community for their ideas to help inform the draft concept design.
23 November 2019 Onsite consultation event including fun family activities  
June-July 2020 Community consultation to provide feedback on draft concept design We asked the community for their feedback on the draft concept design
May 2021 Final concept design developed and available for public view  
Mid-2021 Works commenced Construction of the mini bus drop off bays and accessible car parking bays has started. Construction of the playground is scheduled to commence in late-2021.
Mid-2022 Works expected to be completed  

More information

For more information, contact Council’s Capital Projects Team on 9278 4444 or [email protected].

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