The much-anticipated all abilities play space in Mill Park is now open and proving popular with people of all ages, who have flocked to the new park.
The water play area at Mill Park Recreation Reserve is a highlight with its accessible water play tables, shooting water jets, misting rings and manual water pumps.
Chair Administrator Ms Lydia Wilson said the play space was developed in consultation with the community, delivering a state-of-the-art design.
“Careful consideration has been put into the design of the park, with multiple areas developed within the site to cater to different age groups and abilities,” Ms Wilson said.
The junior play area, which opened in December 2018, is suitable for younger kids from babies up to the age of six.
A teen to young adult zone includes a full-sized basketball court while agility equipment will test and improve the skills and coordination of seniors.
A quiet and sensory play area has also been created and will act as a retreat within the wider reserve.
“The play elements in this area are designed to encourage calm and controlled exploration,” Ms Wilson said.
The centrepiece of the park however is a towering 4.5 metre multi-level climbing tower featuring accessible ramps and bridges.
The park has also been given the tick of approval by residents and local agencies working with people living with a disability including F.C.L Support Services.
“I’m excited that there is finally a fun and safe place we can bring the children and adults we support and know the needs of people of all abilities have been considered,” F.C.L Director Fiona Losciavo said.
A double flying fox with an accessible seat, trampolines, inclusive swings and slide, picnic and barbecue facilities, toilets (including a Changing Places facility), shelters and lawn areas are perfect for enjoying all that the park has to offer.
The all abilities play space is located on Morang Drive, Mill Park.
The City of Whittlesea has invested $3.5 million into this project and has received $1 million in funding from the Victorian Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.