Geelong Play Strategy

The attached documents detail the most recent play strategy for our municipality and can be viewed in two different formats.

Play Strategy - Part 1

Executive Summary

1.0 Introduction 
1.1 Aim of the Strategy 
1.2 Structure of the Strategy 
1.3 Methodology 
1.4 Scope of the Study 


2.0 Our Community


3.0 The Value of Play

3.1 Definition of Play 
3.2 Types of Play 
3.3 Definition of Play Space 
3.4 Benefits of Play 
3.5 The Value of Play to a Community 
3.6 Creating Play Value 
3.7 Barriers to Play 


4.0 Vision and Planning Principles

4.1 Vision 
4.2 Planning Principles


5.0 Existing Play Spaces within the City of Greater Geelong

5.1 Number of Play Spaces and Play Space Hierarchy
     5.1.1 Local / Neighbourhood Play Spaces 
     5.1.2 District 
     5.1.3 Sub-Regional Play Spaces 
     5.1.4 Regional Play Spaces 
     5.1.5 Statewide / National Play Spaces 
     5.1.6 Centre-Based Play Spaces 
     5.1.7 Other Play Spaces 
5.2 Distribution of Play Spaces 
5.3 Assessment of the Quality of Public Play Space Opportunities 
5.4 Assessment of the Quality of Supervised Centre-based Play Spaces 
5.5 Gaps in Provision of Play Opportunities 


6.0 Community Consultation


7.0 Analysis of Gaps and Opportunities

7.1 Gaps 
7.2 Opportunities 


8.0 Recommendations and Priorities


9.0 Definitions 

 

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Play Strategy - Part 2

1.0 Planning and Development of Play Spaces

1.1 Demand for Play Spaces
1.2 Understanding Development Needs of Young People 
1.3 Responsibility for Planning and Design 
     1.3.1 Process for Upgrading an Existing Public Play Space by City of Greater Geelong 
     1.3.2 Process for Developing a New Public Play Space by City of Greater Geelong 
     1.3.3 Process for Developing a New Public Play Space by a Developer 
     1.3.4 Process for Upgrading a Play Space in a Centre-based Play Space 
1.4 Prioritising Play Space Upgrades 
1.5 Rationalisation of Play Spaces 
1.6 External Funding for Play Space Developments 
1.7 Trends in Play Spaces 
1.8 Risk-benefit Assessment 
     1.8.1 Why Risk is Important 
     1.8.2 Balancing Risk and Benefits of Risk 
     1.8.3 Playground Equipment Accident Statistics 


2.0 Planning and Design Guidelines for Play Opportunities

2.1 Play Space Design Matrix 
2.2 Diversity of Play Opportunities 
2.3 Location and Size
2.4 Connectivity to Walking / Cycling Networks 
2.5 Paths within Play Spaces 
2.6 Accessibility 
2.7 Landscaping 
2.8 Shade 
2.9 Informal Open Space 
2.10 Seating 
2.11 Fencing / Barriers 
2.12 BBQs / Picnic Tables / Bins 
2.13 Toilets 
2.14 Drinking Water
2.15 Public Art 
2.16 Under Surfacing 
2.17 Edging 
2.18 Natural Play Elements and Loose Play Materials 
2.19 Sound / Tactile / Sensory Elements 
2.20 Skate, Scooter, BMX, Basketball and Netball Facilities 
2.21 Adult Outdoor Fitness Equipment 
2.22 Dogs in Play Spaces 
2.23 Lighting 
2.24 Signage 
2.25 Car Parks 
2.26 Bicycle Racks / Rails 
2.27 Supervision in Centre-based Play Spaces 
2.28 Program Delivery in Centre-based Play Spaces 
2.29 Equipment in Centre-based Play Spaces 
2.30 Storage in Centre-based Play Spaces 
2.31 Involving Local Residents 
2.32 Utilising Environmentally Sustainable Design Features 


3.0 Management, Marketing and Maintenance of Play Spaces

3.1 Management of Play Spaces 
     3.1.1 Management by City of Greater Geelong 
     3.1.2 Management of Centre-based Play Spaces 
3.2 Marketing of Play Spaces 
3.3 Maintenance of Play Spaces 
     3.3.1 Resources Designated to Public Play Space Maintenance 
     3.3.2 Maintenance Plan for Public Play Spaces 
     3.3.3 Maintenance Plan for Centre-based Play Spaces 


4.0 Centre –Based Play Centre Case Studies

4.1 Gowrie Centre, North Carlton 114
4.2 Dame Nellie Melba Preschool, Richmond 116
4.3 Isabel Henderson Kindergarten, Fitzroy North 116
4.4 Coburg Children’s Centre, Coburg 117
4.5 Boroondara Pre-School, North Balwyn 118
4.6 ArtPlay - Melbourne 121
4.7 Adventure Playgrounds – St Kilda and South Melbourne 122



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Play Strategy - Appendix 1

1.0 Community Consultation

1.1 Key Stakeholder Interviews 
1.2 Reference Group Workshop 
1.3 Young People’s Mobile Workshop 
1.4 Children’s Art Exhibition 
1.5 Children’s Surveys / Interviews 
1.6 Parents and Carers Surveys / Interviews 
1.7 Barwon Valley Fun Park Surveys 
1.8 Written Submissions

2.0 City of Greater Geelong Policy Context



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Play Stragety - Appendix 2

1.0 Spatial Analysis and Mapping

1.1 Spatial Analysis of Play Spaces within the City of Greater Geelong
1.2 Spatial Analysis of Play Spaces within Each Precinct
1.3 Precinct Summary of Population Characteristics and Play Space Provision
 

2.0 Precinct Descriptions

2.1 Precinct: Armstrong Creek 
2.2 Precinct: Barwon Heads 
2.3 Precinct: Bell Park 
2.4 Precinct: Bell Post Hill 
2.5 Precinct: Belmont 
2.6 Precinct: Clifton Springs 
2.7 Precinct: Corio 
2.8 Precinct: Drysdale 
2.9 Precinct: East Geelong 
2.10 Precinct: Geelong – South Geelong – Drumcondra 
2.11 Precinct: Geelong West 
2.12 Precinct: Grovedale – Marshall 
2.13 Precinct: Hamlyn Heights 
2.14 Precinct: Herne Hill 
2.15 Precinct: Highton 
2.16 Precinct: Lara 
2.17 Precinct: Leopold 
2.18 Precinct: Manifold Heights 
2.19 Precinct: Newcomb - Moolap 
2.20 Precinct: Newtown 
2.21 Precinct: Norlane – North Shore 
2.22 Precinct: North Geelong – Rippleside 
2.23 Precinct: Ocean Grove 
2.24 Precinct: Other Urban – Bellarine – South Barwon 
2.25 Precinct: Other Urban – Corio 
2.26 Precinct: Portarlington 
2.27 Precinct: Rural Bellarine – South Barwon 
2.28 Precinct: Rural Corio 
2.29 Precinct: St Albans Park 
2.30 Precinct: St Leonards – Indented Head 
2.31 Precinct: Thomson – Breakwater 
2.32 Precinct: Wandana Heights
2.33 Precinct: Waurn Ponds 
2.34 Precinct: Whittington 


3.0 Staged Work Plan and Indicative Costing

3.1 Infrastructure Upgrade and Play Space Redevelopment 
3.2 Play space rationalisation 
3.3 Development of New Play Spaces
3.4 Annual Maintenance
3.5 Staged Work Plan 

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Page last updated: Tuesday, 1 October 2019

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