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All Abilities Playground - Ross Reserve

What is the All Abilities Playground?

Council is planning to build a new premier All Abilities Playground in Ross Reserve, Noble Park. The all abilities playground is being developed by Council in partnership with the Victorian Government. The Victorian Government has provided significant funding support for this project through Sport and Recreation Victoria.

The playground will be located between the Noble Park Community Centre and Noble Park Aquatic Centre, and will offer an inclusive experience for all. It will provide a play environment for a diverse range of children, youth and adults of all ages, sizes and abilities.

All people should have the ability to play and choose how they engage and challenge themselves physically, mentally and socially, regardless of their age or abilities. The term disability goes beyond those with visual and physical disabilities such as those who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids to more broadly include those people living with autism, sensory challenges, cognitive and developmental issues and complications that arise from aging.

Some children may have difficulty using or finding their way through a park or play area due to difficulties moving, seeing, reaching items, fitting into spaces, not being able to perform unaided physical tasks and not being able to use loose materials. Inclusion seeks to bring together the concepts of access, participation, equity and dignity to all users.

Council wants to create a play space that is fun, allows for exploration and challenging play, where they can take safe ‘play risks’ and let their imagination run wild. Participating and playing alongside friends and family in an inclusive environment will provide a relaxing and enjoyable social environment.

Stages of the Project

The community engagement for stages one and two of the all abilities playground has now closed. These initial stages of the project focused on background research and conversations with focus groups and the broader community on design ideas and opportunities for the playground.

Thank you once again to everyone who participated in the online survey, focus groups and the face to face pop up session. Council has been really pleased with the broad cross section of community members’ interest and input in the all abilities playground project. We received an overwhelming response to the ideas provided on the survey, the forums and the pop up session.

A lot of the feedback received will be fed directly into the development of the Concept Plan that Council is currently working on.

Your feedback on the design of the All Abilities Playground is invaluable.

Council is currently finalising the Concept Plan. We will report back to you on the concept plan over the next couple of months.

If you are interested in being kept informed on the All Abilities Playground at Ross Reserve, please visit this website for further updates or email us at allabilities@cgd.vic.gov.au to register your interest.