New play space taking shape
Progress on the new Eaglehawk Regional Play Space on the shores of Lake Neangar is progressing well with some exciting and interesting equipment installed on site.
A grand opening of the play space is being planned for 11am Sunday September 16, 2018.
The City is building a play space that has never been seen in Greater Bendigo before. It is very special and unique to Eaglehawk and it’s expected to attract families from throughout the region and beyond.
Shaped like a giant eagle hawk, the new play space will cater to children of all ages. The play space is multi zoned with both passive and active equipment for children with various skill and abilities. It will feature custom designed play equipment inspired by the famous Banjo Patterson poem Mulga Bill’s Bicycle which starts with the line “Twas Mulga Bill from Eaglehawk” and a butterfly themed junior play area called Where Angels Play to celebrate the life of baby Zayden Veal Whitting.
The play space will include equipment for swinging, spinning and sliding with adventure and movement play including a double flying fox, a series of pathways, extensive tree planting, landscaping and picnic and barbecue facilities for the whole family to enjoy.
Play space facts:-
- Is 165 metres in length
- The eagle outline shape of the space is visible on aerial images and high points within the play space
- Five shade shelters including three butterfly shade shelters, an eagle barbecue shelter and cantilever shade shelter
- Will feature 60 new trees
- Existing tree timber has been reused in the adventure course
- The space features nine custom picnic settings, five barbecue hotplates, two drinking fountains and 12 bench seats
- Seven swings, five slides, carousel, story book, cubby, sand pit and double flying fox
- Sensory plantings such as herbs, lemon scented gums etc
The $1.3 million play space is being funded by the City of Greater Bendigo and includes a $120,000 contribution from local community groups - Empowering Eaglehawk, Borough Club, Eaglehawk Rotary, Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary, Bendigo Regional YMCA, Y Service Club of Eaglehawk, Y Women Service Club, Eaglehawk Lions Club, Bendigo Bank, Villawood Properties and the Family and Friends of Baby Zayden Veal Whitting.
This community support has allowed the City to include some exciting and distinctly Eaglehawk elements into the space including special medallions that will recognise their contribution to the play space.