Our diverse range of play spaces are accessible and well-designed and encourage active, social living across the city for residents and visitors of all ages.
Play is the way that children learn about the world and their role in it. It can be physical, social, cognitive, imaginative and creative – sometimes all at once. The value of rich play opportunities, particularly in early childhood in terms of acquiring skills, knowledge and self-awareness is immeasurable. The benefits of children’s play include:
- Play creates physically and emotionally healthy children
- Play balances risk-taking and safety
- Play connects children with their community
- Play supports children’s learning
- Play gives children time and space to relax and just ‘be’ The City of Warrnambool currently provides 60 play spaces throughout the municipality.
Current playground equipment is replaced with a new design, a wheelchair friendly seat and resting areas. The surface around the play equipment will be rubber soft fall and surrounded by playground safe tan bark.
This renewal does not include fixed shade structures, water play, an increase in playground size or change in playground hierarchy (ie. Local playgrounds will remain a neighbourhood playground).
Different types of equipment and play opportunities have a different lifespan, depending upon the type of material they are constructed of, their exposure to weather and coastal conditions (rust and rot are two major issues in Warrnambool play spaces), the quality of material used in construction and the amount of use the site receives.
Wherever possible, it is recommended that rather than assuming equipment or opportunities need to be replaced in a certain year because that is how long they are reasonably expected to last, that an assessment is undertaken each year to identify ways in which to prolong the lifespan of items.
We have a new set of playgrounds which will be renewed prior to the end of June 2024.
The playground renewal will begin 15 February 2024, with temporary fencing and demolition.
Construction will begin February 2024 – nearby alternative playgrounds are on Fairfax Avenue and Aitkins Road
What you told us: The preliminary design was “Excellent” you loved the open space to kick a footy.
As this is a renewal we were unable to provide a small trampoline.
Construction will begin February 2024 – nearby alternative playgrounds are on Simpson Street, Thompson Street and Baeckea Close
What you told us: The preliminary design was “Very Good” you loved the toddler swing.
Playground renewal includes a toddler swing.
Construction will begin March 2024 – nearby alternative playgrounds are Goodall Street, Hayley Drive and Connemara Road
What you told us: The preliminary design was “Good” however you wanted a basketball hoop.
As this is a renewal we were unable to provide a basketball hoop.
Three playgrounds have already been renewed in 2023/24: O’Sullivan’s Park (Dennington); Breton Street; and EJ King Park.
What you told us: The preliminary design was “Good/Very Good” you wanted a slide and seating, so we added a play tower with a slide, some seating and a linking footpath.
As this is a renewal we were unable to provide shelter. You wanted to plan for a bigger park in the future.
What you told us: The preliminary design was “Good/Very Good” you wanted a path and new table, so we added those.
As this is a renewal we were unable to provide shelter and bins.
O’Sullivans Park (Dennington):
What you told us: The preliminary design was “Terrible” you wanted more traditional play equipment so we kept the natural look, but added equipment including a toddler swing.
We have added a path to the equipment and provided a fence and gate near the access point
Three playgrounds have been renewed in 2022/2023; Lyndoch Avenue, Wesak Drive and Pecten Avenue.