Mobbs Lane Reserve Playground

EPPING

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback in Stage One and Two of the Mobbs Lane Reserve Playground project. To learn more about what we heard, click on the 'Stage One' refer to the Stage One section below.

The feedback that you provided during Stage One consultation was considered closely. From this feedback, Council invited tenders from play equipment companies and 6 proposals were developed for further consultation with the community. This feedback is being reviewed and a concept design developed.

Community engagement

Stage 2 consultation on the playground equipment closed at 9am on Tuesday 26 April 2022.

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Stage 1 Consultation

Mobbs Lane Reserve Playground is located in a secluded bushland setting at 53 Mobbs Lane, Epping. Closest access is via the carpark fronting Mobbs Lane; there is also a path which connects to the neighbouring apartments.

The playground offers an active play space in a shady reserve with picnic tables and a shelter nearby. Council is proposing to replace the playground equipment under the City of Parramatta Playground Replacement Program.

Currently, the playground has ‘skill based’ play type elements that cater mostly to juniors (6-12 years) and consists of:

  • A play gym with climbing walls and spiral slide
  • Bus themed cubby with noughts and crosses
  • Double swing
  • See-saw rocker

In line with the City of Parramatta Community Infrastructure Strategythe upgrade will provide an increase in the ‘natural’, ‘sensory’ and ‘imaginative’ play type elements, and ensure that the playground is suitable to both pre-schoolers (aged 0-5) and juniors (aged 6-12). These recommendations and your feedback will help guide what the playground upgrade will include!

As this is a local playground upgrade, the scope of possible inclusions are limited by the available budget. Check out what is in-scope and out-of-scope below.

IN-SCOPE

  • New play equipment
  • Playground surface upgrade
  • New seating
  • New bin enclosure
  • Additional planting

OUT-OF-SCOPE

  • New fencing and toilets
  • Water playground or splash pad
  • New location within reserve

Community engagement

Over two stages of engagement, Council asked for feedback from the local community on the proposed upgrade. During stage one, which closed at 5pm on Wednesday 23 March 2022, we asked you to tell us what you like about the park, how you use this playground and what you would like to see included.

What you said

Based on what you said during stage one, over 85% of children using the playground are aged between 0 to 5 years and 85.5% of users walk to the playground.

According to your comments and requests, the primary considerations for the play equipment proposals include:

  • Swings
  • Climbing equipment
  • Slides, particularly the retention of the spiral slide which gave the park its name as 'the Dizzy Slide Park'
  • Nature play equipment, such as logs
  • A new theme for the playground, mainly centred around nature and bushland
  • More accessible and inclusive play opportunities

Other ‘out of the scope’ suggestions include:

  • Fencing for dogs and enclosing the playground with fencing
  • Exercise/fitness equipment.

Despite the extensive shade provided by the tree canopy, people value the shade structures. The existing shade cloth could be improved and Council is exploring shade cloth options, however, this is subject to available funds for the overall project.