Council is looking to upgrade the Melbourne Road Reserve playground located at the corner of Melbourne Road and Russell Avenue in Winston Hills, and we want your help in deciding the new playground equipment that should be included!
The existing play equipment includes a swing set and multi-play structure with climbing and sliding elements.
Council is planning to replace the softfall mulch with wet pour rubber and increase play value elements through the new playground equipment. Two new seats will be included in the playground area and the raised timber edge that presently surrounds the playground will be removed to prevent trip hazards.
The upgraded playground will remain in the same location as it is currently, and all existing trees and garden beds will be retained.
The playground unfortunately lost a lot of natural shade when a large compromised Blue Gum was removed, however three new fast-growing shade trees were planted in 2020 to protect the playground from the north and north-east sun (the playground is already protected from the west by the established bottlebrush trees and surrounding homes).
As Melbourne Road Reserve is classified as a ‘Pocket Park’, the available budget is limited to the playground area only, and does not cover additional park enhancements.
Have Your Say!
In February 2021, Council sought community feedback on a preferred choice for the upgraded play equipment at Melbourne Road Reserve.
We are currently reviewing all feedback received and will report back to you on what we heard and next steps via this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
No shade sails are planned for this playground. Three new fast-growing shade trees were planted in 2020 to protect the playground from the north and north-east sun, while the playground is already protected from the west by the established bottlebrush trees and surrounding homes.
No fence will be provided. Any money spent on fencing would be subtracted from the overall budget which would mean less money for playground equipment. Fences are therefore only included in local playgrounds when necessary.
No trees will be removed.
No water play is planned for this playground as it is only to be installed in specially considered locations and is too expensive to install and maintain under a Pocket Park Playground budget.
No trampolines or flying foxes are planned for this playground as these items are too expensive to be funded under a Pocket Park Playground budget.
Outdoor exercise equipment is not designed for children and cannot be included in playgrounds. The budget has been specifically allocated to upgrade the playground and does not allow for additional items in the park.
Yes, the playground will include two new seats.
No bin or bubbler are planned to be installed as part of this upgrade.
The play surface around the play equipment will be made from a coloured porous rubber.