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New Ringwood Lake playspace on the way!

Published on 05 February 2018
  • Parks and recreation

A tree canopy play trail is part of an exciting new design for the playspace at Ringwood Lake Park with works on the million-dollar redevelopment beginning this week.

Maroondah Deputy Mayor, and Mullum Councillor, Mike Symon said the redesign project had been made possible with $900,000 from Council’s capital works budget and an additional $100,000 from the Victorian Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.

“We are very pleased to be working with the Victorian Government on improving the play experience at this much-loved recreation facility in the heart of Ringwood,” Cr Symon said.

“The 8.5-hectare Ringwood Lake Park, and its existing play area, attract hundreds of visitors daily and hosts a number of significant community and civic events throughout the year, including our popular Australia Day community event,” he said.

“With significant growth in Ringwood we are seeing more residents and visitors using the park. The new design will enhance the playground, providing robust and imaginative play, while protecting the highly valued natural environment.”

Cr Symon said careful consideration was given to the playspace’s entry points to create natural barriers between the play area, the lake and the highway.

“The design theme uses the native fauna and flora of the site, along with the original Sandy Creek, which once flowed through the park,” he said.

In addition, Council has planned the construction of a new car park, which will be accessible from Maroondah Highway and will include five accessible parking bays.

 “Thanks to community feedback, what we’ve come up with is a play design concept that is incredibly innovative, providing for climbing, adventure elements, swinging, gliding and sliding, and including tree canopy and forest floor trails that flow between existing trees. This ingeniously protects the natural environment while also allowing children to feel immersed in it,” Cr Symon added.

“There will be track glides, rope courses and balance platforms, as well as natural play elements such as sand and water areas, which allow creative play for all abilities, including cubbies and animal sculptures to fuel children’s imaginations. The BBQ and picnic areas will also be extended and more effectively integrated,” he said.

The playspace will also include multiple swings and the liberty swing, which caters for wheelchairs.

A carousel catering for wheelchairs will be a key feature, and all paths will be fully accessible linking to various play experiences including water play and access to the canopy trail.

Construction works have commenced this month with the opening anticipated in June 2018.

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