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All Abilities Playspace in Mill Park

All Abilities Playspace in Mill Park

In a first for the City of Whittlesea, a state-of-the-art all abilities play space will be constructed in Mill Park Recreation Reserve on Morang Drive.

What's happening?

The final design of the park focuses on facilitating inclusive play for all members of the community regardless of their age or ability.   The plan aims to include the latest in all abilities play including;

  • Accessible water play area and sand pits
  • Barbeques, picnic facilities and drinking fountains
  • Accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility 
  • Multiple areas, targeting different age groups and abilities, each focused on meeting physical and cognitive development through play

Project update

Stage 1 – Carpark

The works to realign the entry and create a community bus turnaround area have been completed and the carpark is open for use again.

Stage 2 – Junior Play Space – Construction to commence in July

The Junior play area focuses on the developmental needs of children, specifically babies through to 6 year olds.  The area aims to enhance the physical development of the users through balance, coordination and upper body and core strengthening play as well as cognitive development through imaginative play in shopfronts, fairy gardens and tactile surface exploration.

It is anticipated that the construction in this area will commence in July 2019 and will be ready for play by the end of 2019.

Stage 3 – The balance of play space

The remainder of the play space includes the following;

  • The centre piece of the development, the multi-age accessible play area features a 6m climbing structure with fully accessible ramps and bridges to the first level (approx. 2.5m off the ground) and challenging entry points and a stair case to the second level to allow inclusive play for all individuals. The area will include a double flying fox with accessible seat, inclusive swings and slides, picnic and BBQ facilities and equipment designed to test and improve the skills, coordination and agility of young children and senior citizens.
  • A quiet and sensory play area has been designed as a retreat within the wider reserve. The quiet area is a zone where individuals, both children and adults, who may be over stimulated by the pace and sounds of the play area can return to. The design of this area has been extensively considered to include play elements that encourage not only calm and controlled exploration but can also facilitate future programming opportunities such as therapy sessions. 
  • The teen to young adult zone has been designed to engage a demographic of the community typically not considered in standard park upgrades. The area features a full sized basketball court line marked for multiple sports and spectator seating.
  • The water play area will feature accessible water play tables, manual water pumps, shooting water jets and shallow surface flows with dams and weirs that can be manipulated by the users. Whilst the automatic water play elements such as the shooting jets will only be active in the summer months, the manual play elements will be available all year round enabling controlled interaction with the water over the cooler periods of the year.
  • The accessible toilet block will feature 2 disabled cubicles, 2 ambulant cubicles and a Changing Places facility with shower provision. The orientation of the toilet block has been carefully considered to ensure view lines from most of the reserve and doorways fronting onto the main play areas.

It is anticipated that construction of Stage 3 will commence early in 2020 for completion before the end of 2020.

Project cost

Council will contribute $3 million alongside a $1 million contribution from the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Timelines

Stage 2 – Junior play space

Construction of the first stage of the play space will start in July 2019 and will be ready for play late 2019

Stage 3 – balance of the play space

Construction on the final stage of the play space will commence in early 2020 for completion before the end of 2020

Contact us

For further information, phone Council on 9217 2170 or email parks@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.