As part of the Playground Replacement Program, we are planning to upgrade the playground at Yarra Bank Reserve in Hawthorn. Due to its age and condition, the playground is scheduled to be replaced in 2020-2021.


Construction of the new playground is currently underway and expected to be completed in June 2021.




Progress update

November 2019

Community consultation

Community feedback will help inform the design of the playground.

May to September

Design developed

Design made available for public to view.

October 2020

Engage works contractor

Equipment lead time approximately eight weeks.

March 2021

Works to commence

Construction is currently underway. 

June 2021


New playground expected to be completed.


About the project

Our Playgrounds Development Strategy recommends upgrading the existing Local level playground at Yarra Bank Reserve to a District level playground to better meet the community’s needs for this important and popular Yarra River precinct.  

The Yarra Bank Reserve site is considered a suitable location for a District level playground due to ease of access, proximity to car parking, proximity to existing amenities and good public surveillance. 

The project will include upgrading the play equipment, enhancing park amenities, improving accessibility, installing shade elements, nature play elements, protecting existing trees and new landscaping.

Community consultation

Community consultation was held in November 2019. The key themes we heard from the community were:

  • People generally like what they have now and would love new and updated play equipment.
  • There is support for more interactive sensory play opportunities, fencing and more adventurous equipment for older children.
  • Find ways of acknowledging Indigenous heritage, nature and boating.
  • Great opportunity to retain both Yarra Bank Reserve and Pridmore Park playgrounds and create two unique spaces, please keep both.

Design concept

The new Yarra Bank Reserve playground concept design is now complete and includes the community’s most popular requests:

  • A unique interactive play sculpture drawing on the theme of the thriving rowing community.


Artists impression, looking north east at the interactive play sculpture.

  • Various sculptural play elements reflecting other themes

Example image of a sculptural water play element - Sculpture and image by Glen Romanis 

  • A climbing adventure mound and slide down to a natural landform.

Example image of an adventure mound and slide design.

  • A unique water sculpture. 
  • Nature play interactions, including balancing and clambering among the trees, rocks and logs. 
  • Increased access with paved picnic and play surfaces suitable for users with limited mobility.
  • A refreshed picnic and barbeque area.
  • Upgrades to the access road and car park to increase traffic flow and allow for a wheel chair accessible car park space.
  • A fence to provide separation between the park, play space and picnic area and the vehicular access and the river.
  • Increased opportunities for wheelchair users and a range of abilities.

Artists impression of playground design, looking south east.


Rotary Club contribution

To mark the 100th Anniversary of Rotary’s establishment in Australia and New Zealand, the Rotary Clubs of Glenferrie, Camberwell, Canterbury and Hawthorn have approached Council and offered to fund an interactive play sculpture piece which will be featured within the new playground design.

The interactive play sculpture piece consists of two sets of two wheels that rotate and activate the pairs of oars on an upside down boat floating in the sky. This design helps to celebrate the vibrant community rowing culture at Yarra Bank.

Other elements may include magnetic play, sound and light. The finish is likely to be a combination of steel and copper. A central gathering and seating plinth will be incorporated, with the overall size of the piece expected to be approximately seven meters in length and five meters in height.

The interactive play sculpture will be creatively unique, making it an impressive attraction for this new District playground, while promoting Rotary's values of service, fellowship, and collaboration.

Pridmore Park Playground update

While the consultation process was primarily designed to inform the Yarra Bank Reserve playground design, we also took the opportunity to test the Playground Development Strategy’s recommendation to remove the existing Pridmore Park playground and combine it with the Yarra Bank Reserve Playground.

Feedback from the consultation process indicated a high level of support to retain the Pridmore Park playground and therefore this playground will be retained.

Further consultation on the replacement of this playground was undertaken in February 2020. The Pridmore Park playground design has been developed including the community’s most popular themes.

Visit Pridmore Park playground replacement for more information.

More information

For more information, contact our Landscape and Design Team on 9278 4060 or at [email protected].

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