Lake Weeroona Playspace Renewal
New playspace for Lake Weeroona
The City is undertaking a $1.527 million renewal of the Lake Weeroona Playspace.
Lake Weeroona Playspace is a municipal level play space which is the City’s highest tier playspace providing a broad range of play opportunities and amenities. It is also one of the City’s most popular and well used playspaces and its renewal is a key action of the City’s Lake Weeroona Master Plan 2011.
Although much loved, the existing play space was constructed in 1998 and is now past its useful life.
The City is building a new facility at the site to continue to entertain new generations of young people for the next 20 years.
In early 2020 the City undertook considerable community consultation to find out what residents wanted to see in the design of the new playspace. The consultation generated many responses and demonstrated the community’s love for the existing space.
Through the consultation the community told us they liked the fact it was fenced and they also like the maze-like structure with multiple pathways and slides. The most common ideas to improve the play space included creating junior and senior play zones, providing more seating, shade and nature and water play.
This important feedback was incorporated into an exciting concept plan which was released in September 2020 for public comment. Feedback from this consultation was then incorporated into the final plans for the new playspace.
The new play space will feature:
- A bigger footprint than the existing space with secure fencing and two entrances.
- Junior and senior play zones with play equipment for all ages and abilities and a variety of seating options.
- A water play area to provide cooling water sprays in the hotter months and a quieter seating area in the colder months.
- Native animal sculptures by Bendigo artist Yvonne George.
- An accessible ramp to a tall tower that provides views over the general surroundings.
- The ramp and tower incorporate an existing peppercorn tree and a shaded treehouse space along with a climbing net and slides.
- Play equipment includes a large pyramid climbing net, various swinging options including a log swing, accessible carousel, mini inground trampoline, see-saw rocker, combo play unit and nature play opportunities for quieter experiences.
- Tree planting to provide shade in the hotter weather.
The project is being funded through a $1.2 million contribution from the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, and $301,750 from the City of Greater Bendigo.
Construction of this project commenced on Monday August 8 and is expected to be completed in December 2022.
Construction of new and alterations to existing pathways around the build site
Closure of the existing playspace and commence construction, August 8 2022