City of Greater Bendigo council has released the draft concept plans as part of the response to the Precinct Master Plan.
A survey to residents, which received 128 responses, showed a “preference for themed
play”, according to the report delivered this week to council.
“Sand play was a very popular choice, followed by sensory play (sound elements, sculptures etc.).
“The inclusion of electronic play or senior exercise equipment was least valued.”
The play space design, which has been allocated $35,000 for documentation in the current budget, includes “graduated play zones” for different age groups, and a junior play zone that uses the existing playground see-saw and swing, with the addition of a sand pit.
A “swinging zone” will include a swing that caters for all abilities access.
A “retreat zone” will include hammocks and a “break-out space” for older children.
Cr Peter Cox said the Regional Play Space will be a development to benefit the entire region.
He said that while some residents will be disappointed that the sugar gums in the park will be removed because they have been deemed unsafe, new plantings will compensate.
Cr Rod Campbell said the Play Space is a “big spend, but an important one, and a good one”.
“People ask where their rates are going,” Cr Campbell said.
“This is a fine example.”
The Regional Play Space, a key short term priority in the Eaglehawk Master Plan, is now available for the next phase of public comment.
Council will consider an application for implementation funding next financial year.