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Anderson Park Destination Playground

A destination playground idea for Anderson Park. Planning started: 2015
Construction expected to commence: June 2016
Construction completed: 2017

Having completed the first round of public consultation on the redevelopment of Anderson Park, a detailed concept plan for the redevelopment of the wider park and the Destination Playground is now available for public feedback.

The redevelopment of Anderson Park as a whole includes:

  • Modern signage at park entrances
  • Pedestrian paths to ensure direct entry from carparks to the new playground and also an “around the park” loop, which will be approx. 1.5km
  • Adult fitness stations at discrete locations within the park
  • Extensive tree planting to accentuate paths, surround water-ways, train track and near-by halls
  • Extension of the engineering society mini track
  • Expand carparks at Girl Guide and Scout halls

The Destination Playground concept plan includes the following features:

  • All ages and all abilities to play alongside each other with pods of similar experiences at different challenge levels
  • Transition of ages from younger age children to the western end and older to the eastern end, where the skate bowl already exists
  • Graduated physical challenges
  • High and low activity areas for all ages
  • Contrasting experiences
  • Structured and non-structured play experiences
  • All physical challenges provided for at all age levels; swinging, sliding, climbing, spinning
  • Areas to provide elevation, enclosure and sensory experiences
  • Storytelling and verbal communication prompts
  • Learning opportunities
  • Family environment, picnic seating, shelter and BBQ
  • Natural play environment in balance with other play possibilities
  • Visual circulation cueing on ground plane
  • Non-isolating play equipment

You can view the full concept plan below.

Background

Anderson Park is currently a large, popular, 36ha park with a well-used pathway network. The key attractions are the playground, ponds, model railway and model boats. The park also has a good range of mature trees, pathways and wide open green spaces that make it a desirable venue for family picnics and community events such as concerts, festivals and markets.

A Destination Playground is a playground aimed at families and provides an opportunity for a “day out”. They are designed to promote family interaction with diverse play opportunities for children, teenagers and adults.

The Destination Playground and park improvements is estimated to cost $2.5 million – an extended budget after overwhelming support in the 2015-2025 Council Long Term Plan consultation.

It is anticipated the redevelopment will be completed by mid-2017.

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