The community feedback generated during the development of the Management Plan highlighted the need for an upgrade to the playground and an expansion to introduce nature play space and additional elements for intergenerational use.
This design builds upon the existing playground and planting, to create a richer and more sensory and accessible play space. The design includes references to the Outer Circle Railway with tracks to follow through the landscape, and interpretive elements to be built into low retaining walls and panels.
The largest play structure under the existing shade sail harks back to 'Joyous Gard' - the name of a property that existed on this site early in the settled history of Murrumbeena. 'Joyous Gard' was the name of Lancelot's castle, and is a great prompt for imaginative play.
The legacy of Boyd family will be included with artistic inclusions in seats and a custom-built cubby.
The existing snake and Snake and Ladders board are retained in the design but enhanced with a new gameboard, colourful landscapes painted onto the side of the snake, sensory posts, and sculptural grasses. A new pebbled area with balancing beams and hollows to collect natural materials rounds out the space behind the snake.
Older kids will find challenges in the custom-designed climbing pieces, and places to relax under trees. Amenity for visitors is enhanced with three shelters, a variety of seats, additional tree planting, and an automated Toilet Block.
How to get involved
To assist you in providing feedback on the concept design, complete the survey below.
The community engagement survey is open until Sunday 24 April 2022.