New playground at Hansen Reserve

Published on 08 December 2021

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A new public playground has opened in Hansen Reserve, West Footscray, adjacent to the new junior bike skills track.

Hansen Reserve is a large recreational open space in the west, home to a range of facilities including multiple sporting fields, an off-leash area for four-legged friends, and a new junior bike skills track for budding cyclists. It’s also home to the Kingsville Tennis Club, the North Footscray Football Cull and the Yarraville Cricket Club.

The new playground, an iconic feature of the Reserve, is designed around a ‘quarry theme’, reflecting the historic use of the site, incorporating a combination of natural materials including stone, timber and steel.

The playground equipment provides a range of different options for children of all ages and abilities with a mix of traditional and imaginative play elements, including a four metre high enclosed slide. Further elements include bridges and balance beams, swing sets, a climbing frame, trampolines, a sand pit with an activity table and accessible digger, and natural elements using boulders and logs to encourage imaginative play, balance and exploration.

The space adds to the existing community facilities at the Reserve and comes with additional park furniture, barbeques, a shelter and a new shared use path that connects to existing path connections and improves accessibility to the area.

City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Anthony Tran said “the playground is a great new addition to this popular recreational space enjoyed by both the local community and visitors to the west.

The playground is a wonderful place for children to come and explore and along with the wider surroundings, provides a hub for play and sports, and for the community to gather and enjoy themselves. With our population forecast to increase by 67% by 2041, this new playground is a much needed open space for children now and well into the future.”

The remaining works at the Reserve as part of the Hansen Reserve Masterplan are expected to be completed in early 2022. This includes the installation of new irrigation and new grass for the adjacent picnic lawn, and the removal of the old playground.

Other projects already completed that complement the new playground include the Junior Bike Skills Track, completed in March 2020, and a new public toilet, installed in 2020. In October, Council planted approximately 160 trees throughout the Reserve, and recently constructed a new pavilion, tennis courts and lighting at the Kingsville Tennis Club. These recent works align with the Council’s Open Space Strategy and the Hansen Reserve Masterplan.

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