Corio to gain two new play spaces

Thursday, 13 June 2019

The Corio 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 site.

A 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 play space.

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.

The construction costs for these two playgrounds are covered by the 2019-2020 Draft Budget.

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.

Councillor Anthony 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.

Page last updated: Thursday, 13 June 2019