The City has partnered with Variety – the Children’s Charity to build a flagship new play area for children of all abilities to play together at Rippleside Park.
The playspace will be designed to be inclusive for kids of all ages and abilities. It will incorporate multi-sensory and nature play elements, with opportunities for physical, creative, social and passive play.
The project will design a regional-level playground and plan for associated infrastructure such as path connections and accessible toilets at Rippleside Park.
It will replace the much-loved existing playground, which was opened in 2001 and is now in need of replacement.
Draft Concept Design
Key elements of the draft concept design include:
- a unique timber structure with a variety of climbing challenges, accessible swing bridge and high slides;
- nature play area with loose surfaces, plants, trees, water and sand;
- living tunnels and cubbies with cosy, planted spaces for creative natural play;
- water play area with mist, spurts and accessible boat;
- rocking, spinning and jumping zone including inclusive inground trampolines;
- dedicated toddler play area;
- sand play area with wheelchair-accessible table beneath a pergola;
- a range of swings and flying foxes with back support;
- sensory and artistic elements including sound, smell, touch and kinesthetic awareness;
- agility and fitness area with accessible hand cycle, exercise bike, balance course and monkey bars; and
- gathering and picnic areas.
The draft concept design is available for community input from 20 July until 28 August at www.yoursay.geelongaustralia.com.au
The engagement findings will be collated during September and provided to the landscape architect, before the design plans are finalized.
The first round of consultation in November 2019 was conducted through an online survey as well as school and public workshops. Data was gathered about the elements and experiences that were most important to the public and potential users of the play space.
The 158 survey responses identified shade, multi-aged experiences, toilet location, cleanliness and nature play as being of primary importance. Top play experiences included swinging, climbing, sensory play, water play and nature play.
The information gathered from the community was then used by the landscape architect to create the concept design.
Funding Project Partners
The City has budgeted $400,000 towards the project in the 2020-2021 financial year.
The Victorian Government will provide $800,000 through the Sport and Recreation Community and Infrastructure Program.
The funding will also be supported by Variety through a coordinated corporate fundraising campaign.