Transport yourself back into a medieval world of castles, jousting and minstrels. Enter the fantasy zone of goblins, fairies and wizards. Whether you are into Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings or Princess Bride, or just love swinging, climbing, spinning and bouncing, the proposed design for the new Thomas Street playground will enthral you.
The draft plan is now available via the interactive map below highlighting key features of the new playground. You can also download the complete set of plans, including the location of the new playspace, by clicking on the documents under the 'Playground plan' tab.
The draft plan for the seniors exercise area has been uploaded under the 'Seniors exercise area' tab.
We have also prepared a FAQ section on this site to help answer any queries.
These designs were developed using feedback from extensive community consultation during the ‘gathering ideas’ phase of consultation in April 2019, including input by a Community Reference Group that included local parents. Playground designer Ric McConaghy then created a highly original and magical concept that has been tested and revised based on feedback received during the 'Have your say on the concept' and 'Have your say on the draft plan' phases.
Consultation on the draft plan closed Sunday 8 September 2019. The Consultation Report can be accessed and downloaded from the document library on the right hand side of this page.
We are currently refining some elements based on the most recent feedback and will then work up the final detailed design and documentation. Council will then tender for a contractor to undertake the demolition of the old playground and construct the new playground. It is expected that construction will commence in the second half of 2020 and be completed in early 2021.
The genuinely inclusive playground is complete with wheelchair trampolines, flying foxes, slides, a range of swings, a parkour course and a water play area. The centrepiece of the playground is a timber castle, which carries forward the theme of the current fort/castle. Turrets from the existing and much-loved fort have been re-purposed in the new design and wood and natural materials are featured throughout. There will be extensive planting for shade, sensory stimulation and unstructured play.
The playground will be a place where kids of all different abilities can play together. Not everyone will have the abilities to use all the equipment in the playground, but everyone will have a choice of a range of activities to ensure everyone has a chance to exercise their growing minds and bodies. The inclusive playspace will be located where the existing fort is now, close to Thomas Street and away from neighbouring properties. Adjacent to the main playground will be a senior adults exercise area, with a range of equipment designed to improve balance and flexibility and encourage healthy ageing. A new 500 metre walking path around the park will invite everyone to be more active. A series of picnic shelters, a new larger toilet and change block, water bubblers and shady trees will mean you can stay and play for longer.
Click on the coloured icons to view indicative images of special features of the new playground - you can view a full sized version of the map by clicking the arrow in the right hand corner. These are just a taste of what the new design proposes. You can download the complete set of plans under the heading 'Playground plan'.