It’s playtime in Leopold! The City of Greater Geelong and the Victorian Government officially opened the new Gateway Sanctuary playground in Leopold today.
Located on the corner Melaluka Road and the Bellarine Highway, the new and larger playground is based around nature play, incorporating the sanctuary’s natural surrounds and allowing children of all ages to play and immerse themselves in the natural environment.
Leopold Primary School students tested out the new play equipment, which features a rope bridge, tunnels, mud pits, logs, sand, fossils, magnifying glasses and water play.
Designed with a sustainability focus, the playground features more than 2000 mostly indigenous plants, recycled and re-purposed timber and mulch, local stone, low-carbon concrete and recycled crushed rock.
A further sustainable aspect of the project involved Highton, Geelong and Flemington Rotary clubs and the MG Car Club Geelong dismantling the old play equipment and sending it to Sri Lanka to be reused as part of the Sputnik Children’s Park and Toy Library project.
The project delivered a much-needed playground and book and toy library to young people, including a girls’ orphanage and nearby school, in Sri Lanka’s Kurunegala District.
It included a container filled with items such as computers, sewing machines, shelving, books and toys, solar panels and batteries for the local community.
The new Gateway Sanctuary nature playground was funded jointly by the City ($150,000) and the State Government ($100,000).
We look after 270 public playgrounds throughout Greater Geelong. You can find your nearest one on our Parks page.
Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor
“It’s a fantastic new play space incorporating natural elements and exciting play equipment that children and families in Leopold will absolutely love.
“Nature play helps children to connect with the environment and provides many important development benefits such as increased physical activity, problem-solving skills and social interaction.
“Leopold is a growing community and the new playground provides a beautiful and much larger play space for families to spend time, relax and have fun.
“Thanks to our Rotary clubs for ensuring the old equipment went to great use and our partnership with the Victorian Government which ensures Leopold families have a fantastic play space for the future.”