As part of the Victoria Park Concept Master Plan, we have upgraded the northern playgrounds at Victoria Park in Kew to a new regional playground. Information about the master plan is available on our Victoria Park Concept Master Plan page, or you can find out more about the park on our Victoria Park page.

Status

Construction of the new playground was completed in October 2022 and the playground was officially opened on Saturday 8 October 2022.

About the project

Various improvements have been made at Victoria Park over recent years as part of the Victoria Park Concept Master Plan. We have completed one of the last stages, involving upgrading the northern playgrounds to a new regional playground.

The new playground is a space with improved amenities and accessibility, where locals and visitors can bring the family to spend time and have fun. 

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

Playground design

The design of the Victoria Park Regional Playground is shaped by the community’s ideas and feedback during two rounds of consultation.

The playground includes a mix of challenging, active, sensory and nature-based play opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy, including: 

Retention and revitalisation of the existing bluestone wall and embankment

Featuring:

  • 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

  • different places to sit to allow supervision from all perspectives.

Challenging climbing opportunities

An adventure trail consisting of:

  • a bamboo forest
  • 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 

This includes a:

  • family-friendly learn to scoot, skate and ride pump track 
  • fitness station with pull-up bar, gorilla bars, leg raises, body dips and roman rings
  • dedicated seniors exercise park featuring a range of outdoor exercise equipment designed for older people to help improve balance, strength, functional movement, and a range of joint motion and mobility.

Sensory and nature play opportunities 

Including:

  • water play – a water pump with a log and creek channel
  • sand play – a sandpit with inclusive play edge
  • yarning circle with natural seating 
  • new sensory garden bed planting and shade trees
  • nature play – with 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 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 

This includes:

  • a single-run flying fox that features an accessible harness seat suited to all users
  • 2 in-ground trampolines located near each other and including one wheelchair accessible and one single-round trampoline 
  • a giant basket swing suitable for all ages, abilities and up to 5 users at a time
  • a 5-bay swing frame, including an expression seat (combined infant and adult seat), infant seat, adult harness seat and 2 sling seats
  • a single spinner
  • an accessible sandpit edge.

Additional park infrastructure supports the park and regional playground including shade sails, improved picnic and barbecue facilities, restrooms, accessible car parking bays and pathways.

Community consultation

This project has been guided by 2 phases of community consultation. We received feedback from a wide representation of the community during both phases.

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

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

Timeline

When Stage Progress update
November 2019 Initial community consultation We asked the community for their ideas to help inform the draft concept design. Consultation has been completed.
23 November 2019 Onsite consultation event including fun family activities Completed
June-July 2020 Community consultation to provide feedback on draft concept design We asked the community for their feedback on the draft concept design. Consultation has been completed.
May 2021 Final concept design developed and available for public viewing Completed
Mid-2021 Works commenced Construction of the mini bus drop off bays and accessible car parking bays has been completed.
Mid to late February 2022 Works commenced Construction of the playground commenced.
Late 2022 Works completed Playground construction completed.

More information

For more information, contact Council’s Capital Projects Team on (03) 9278 4444 or [email protected].


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