All happening at Footscray Park
Published on 20 December 2018
Footscray Park, already a draw card with its beautiful Edwardian gardens and riverside location, is set to become a favourite with the youngsters with the completion of a new regional all-abilities play space.
Kids of all abilities can enjoy a range of play options such as sensory play, water play with a creek bed and splash plaza with water sprays, musical instruments, and imaginative play featuring a wading bird sculpture, nest and eggs.
The fun doesn’t stop there, there’s various physical challenges including a high ‘tree house’ and climbing equipment, sand pit, clambering rocks, climbing nets, swing with accessible harness, slides, carousel and dual flying fox.
Families will also be able to enjoy picnic facilities and the convenience of a newly constructed public toilet on the grounds.
The design for the play space was developed following extensive community consultation in 2016.
Residents, schools, community and stakeholder groups such as Melbourne Water took part in the consultations and were supportive of the early draft concept plans.
The Maribyrnong Disability Advisory Committee also took part in consultations along with Rosamond Special School and the Heritage Advisory Committee. Over 1,500 properties in the area near the park were letter dropped and online consultation took place on our online consultation site.
Council invested $1,100,000 in the play space and $400,000 for the public toilet.
A word from the Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov:
“A lot of thought has gone into creating this playground, and the result is an all abilities play space – and it is something I am very proud of.
“I’d like to thank everyone who was involved in the project, from conception to reality, for helping us deliver a space that we hope all children and families, from Maribyrnong and beyond, can enjoy.”
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