community is set to receive a boost, with council giving its approval to start
designing and constructing a district level sensory play space at Goldsworthy
Reserve and a local playground at the Purnell Road Family and Children’s Centre
playground at the Purnell Road Family and Children’s Centre will form part of
the new $13 million community facility currently under construction and due to
open in 2020.
An all ages sensory play space at Goldsworthy
Reserve is expected to attract children with sensory sensitivities, as well as more
visitors and longer stays than a typical playground.
Goldsworthy Reserve has been flagged within
the Geelong Play Strategy as being an ideal location, boasting 2.5 hectares of
public open space within a larger 6 hectares reserve that features public
toilets and parking.
The recently constructed play space at Gateway
Sanctuary in Leopold is being used as a point of reference for the new sensory
The shift towards developing more sensory
playgrounds in Greater Geelong highlights council’s commitment to creating
inclusive spaces for children of all abilities.
The new Purnell Road Child and Family Centre was
determined to be a more suitable location for a second local play space, than
the former Corio City Learning and Care site.
The ex-Corio City site, also on Purnell Road, was
found to be a risky location near a main road and too small, with poor parking options.
construction costs for these two playgrounds are covered by the 2019-2020 Draft
Acting Greater Geelong Mayor Peter Murrihy
The approval of these two play spaces is welcome news for the people of
Corio, particularly families with children who have particular sensory needs,
where playing and interacting with each other in a safe space is important in
the development of children of all abilities.
Council believes these playgrounds will positively contribute towards getting
kids more active and improving their social skills.
Aitken - Chair - Disability
Access, Inclusion and Volunteering portfolio
Children of all abilities should be able to access playgrounds in the
Greater Geelong region to play, learn and develop.
As the Disability Access, Inclusion and Volunteering portfolio holder,
I’m so proud that council has approved another sensory playground in our city
and I am especially pleased it will be in the north.
The City is
committed to investing in our future generations for all.