nature-based playground has opened in Corio, just in time for the upcoming
Goldsworthy Reserve, adjacent to the athletics track, the new sub-regional
playground features 4700 square metres of space for families in the northern
suburbs to play.
play is a key component of the facility, with natural elements designed to
inspire young children to play and connect with the outdoors.
play elements include gardens, trees, constructed hills, water, a sand pit
and tree houses.
Aitken, Windermere Ward, said this playground is a unique addition to the
the space myself, I can tell you it’s an exciting secret adventure playground
that will delight children and their families once they discover it behind the
extremely proud to invest $350,000 in this special playspace because it links
natural elements with our Traditional Wadawurrung heritage, which is an amazing
thing to do.
If you live in
Corio or the northern suburbs, make sure you bring the kids and try out this
design has been developed in consultation with Wadawurrung
Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, to encourage further understanding
and storytelling of Wadawurrung Country.
The layout and
positioning of the natural elements have been designed to reflect the
Wadawurrung landscape of mountains, rivers, waters, and a connection of play
and movement reflecting eels, birds and animals significant to the area.
feedback submitted via an online survey in 2019 also helped inform the final
design of the playground.
elements including trees, logs, water and rocks, as well as opportunities for
climbing and swinging, were among the highest rated features identified by
In addition to
nature-based play elements, key features of the new playground at Goldsworthy
fenced play space; and
other things to play on and discover.
thanked the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and community
for helping shape the vision of the new playground.
to see this facility open for the community and the combined vision come to
Owner Corrina Eccles has had a significant impact on the space with her concept
ideas for an eel catching tunnel, a walkway that represents the Moorabool River
and a slide that represents the Barwon River, which were all made a reality by
the City team.
will install story boards around the space so that visitors can understand
these important connections to Wadawurrung land, culture and heritage.
With a You
Yangs climbing wall, flying fox and the playground’s structure constructed from
trees from the site, there are so many opportunities to see, touch, smell,
listen and move.
This fantastic new playground is sure to create a sense of wonder and love for the natural environment for generations to come.
The project is
fully funded by the City, with the project cost at $350,000.
at this site follows on from a $1.3m upgrade of the athletics track at the
reserve, with the state-of-the-art facility opening in October 2019.