Construction underway for new Upper Yarra playspace

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Construction is now underway at Upper Yarra Reservoir Park, with a playspace and multi-court development set to revitalise the previously tired-looking park.

Old, run-down tennis courts will become an exciting new park for kids and adults alike, with the revamped park set to feature a number of active and passive play areas for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Specifically, the park will include an active play and ball game area, sheltered rest area and equipment such as slides, swings, monkey bars a see-saw and accessible carousel.

The project has come about via the State Government’s Parks Revitalisation Grants Program, with the $570,000 project cost being split evenly between Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Yarra Ranges Mayor and O’Shannassy Ward Councillor, Jim Child, said the new playspace would be a welcome addition to the local community.

“The existing location was very outdated and tired looking, and to be honest not a very inviting place at all, so for it to be transformed into what has been proposed is something to really get excited about,” Cr Child said.

“We all know how important having outdoor spaces are to improving the physical and mental health of our community, so this new playspace will provide great benefit.”

Trees and garden beds will also form part of the playspace, along with interpretive signage that will showcase the local wildlife in the area, provided by Melbourne Water.

Melbourne Water’s South East Regional Services Manager John Woodland thanked Wurundjeri elder Aunty Doreen Garvey-Wandin for providing stories around the significance of the animals being featured on the signs.

“It was fascinating to learn from Aunty Doreen what these animals mean to the local area where this fantastic playspace will be constructed,” Mr Woodland said.

“Melbourne Water is delighted to be involved with the project to enhance this part of the Upper Yarra Reservoir, which is where these animals call their spiritual home.”

Construction is set to be completed in early 2022.

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