Victoria Street Playspace Upgrade

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For many years Victoria Street Playground in Ruffey Lake Park has been a great destination for children's play and family get togethers and now it's time for a refresh.

The playground upgrade has the support of both the Ruffey Lake Park Masterplan (2021) and the Waldau Masterplan (2019).

Funding is available this year to carry out community engagement and playspace design. Physical works are scheduled to take place in 2023/24.

There’s so much to love about Victoria Street Playground, the sand and water play, the iconic Hummel tower, the giant slide, the family size picnic shelters, the flying fox, the giant mosaic geckos and much more. We’re keen to hear what you love about the play space, or perhaps you have an idea for something new.

We have some great ideas which include:

  • a dedicated junior zone with more water and sand play elements
  • more slides and swings and an accessible spinner
  • rope maze, challenge course and new lookout tower
  • improved paths around the playspace
  • more seating in convenient locations.

There are some elements we can’t change, like:

  • the location of the picnic shelters and toilets
  • steepness of the site
  • entry points from existing carparks.

We would like to this playground to be:

  • a place that welcomes and excites children
  • a playspace that makes people comfortable and encourages them to stay and play longer
  • a place that engages all five senses (sight, smell, touch, taste and listening)
  • a place that integrates stories and elements that are unique to the sites culture history and landscape
  • a playspace that inspires imagination, adventure and creativity
  • a playspace that welcomes people of all ages.

Play Destinations at Ruffey Lake Park

Victoria Street Playground will ultimately be one of four major play destinations within the park. Each play destination will offer something different.

  • The Boulevarde playspace which has more level ground will offer all abilities access and water play.
  • The Church Road playspace will offer low key nature play opportunities for younger children.
  • King St Hill playspace will be a youth focused playspace that could include ropes/climbing/agility/scramble/parkour course and pump track.
  • Victoria Street Playground will offer experiences for a range of ages and encourage creative and imaginative play.

First round of consultation

You told us that the plan could be improved by ensuring their is greater visibility between playspaces, shaded play areas and more integration of playspaces with the landscaping. There were also a number of suggestions relating to improving the water play area. Suggested improvements included additional water pumps, gates and weirs and more water and sand play at ground level.

Second round consultation

We've now received your feedback and integrated your ideas into the final concept. We've also added more detail and sketches of the water play area. If you didn't provide feedback in the 1st round, or if you've thought of something else you'd like to tell us or if you'd like to tell us what you think of the sand and water play area we'd love to hear from you.

Feedback for the second round of consultation will close on Friday 25 February 2023.

manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au

9840 9333

For many years Victoria Street Playground in Ruffey Lake Park has been a great destination for children's play and family get togethers and now it's time for a refresh.

The playground upgrade has the support of both the Ruffey Lake Park Masterplan (2021) and the Waldau Masterplan (2019).

Funding is available this year to carry out community engagement and playspace design. Physical works are scheduled to take place in 2023/24.

There’s so much to love about Victoria Street Playground, the sand and water play, the iconic Hummel tower, the giant slide, the family size picnic shelters, the flying fox, the giant mosaic geckos and much more. We’re keen to hear what you love about the play space, or perhaps you have an idea for something new.

We have some great ideas which include:

  • a dedicated junior zone with more water and sand play elements
  • more slides and swings and an accessible spinner
  • rope maze, challenge course and new lookout tower
  • improved paths around the playspace
  • more seating in convenient locations.

There are some elements we can’t change, like:

  • the location of the picnic shelters and toilets
  • steepness of the site
  • entry points from existing carparks.

We would like to this playground to be:

  • a place that welcomes and excites children
  • a playspace that makes people comfortable and encourages them to stay and play longer
  • a place that engages all five senses (sight, smell, touch, taste and listening)
  • a place that integrates stories and elements that are unique to the sites culture history and landscape
  • a playspace that inspires imagination, adventure and creativity
  • a playspace that welcomes people of all ages.

Play Destinations at Ruffey Lake Park

Victoria Street Playground will ultimately be one of four major play destinations within the park. Each play destination will offer something different.

  • The Boulevarde playspace which has more level ground will offer all abilities access and water play.
  • The Church Road playspace will offer low key nature play opportunities for younger children.
  • King St Hill playspace will be a youth focused playspace that could include ropes/climbing/agility/scramble/parkour course and pump track.
  • Victoria Street Playground will offer experiences for a range of ages and encourage creative and imaginative play.

First round of consultation

You told us that the plan could be improved by ensuring their is greater visibility between playspaces, shaded play areas and more integration of playspaces with the landscaping. There were also a number of suggestions relating to improving the water play area. Suggested improvements included additional water pumps, gates and weirs and more water and sand play at ground level.

Second round consultation

We've now received your feedback and integrated your ideas into the final concept. We've also added more detail and sketches of the water play area. If you didn't provide feedback in the 1st round, or if you've thought of something else you'd like to tell us or if you'd like to tell us what you think of the sand and water play area we'd love to hear from you.

Feedback for the second round of consultation will close on Friday 25 February 2023.

manningham@manningham.vic.gov.au

9840 9333

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