The new Richill Park playground and Yarning Circle is now open!
Council has completed upgrading the Richill Park playground in Constitution Hill. As part of the upgrade to this space, a Yarning Circle has also been added.
The playground upgrade provides:
- New play structures including a swing and inclusive carousel
- Additional shade trees
- New softfall rubber
- New bench seating
Check out the upgraded playground and Yarning Circle in the picture below!
In September 2020, Council asked the local community to select their preferred play equipment design from three options provided. Each of the presented options had been specifically designed to meet the needs of children with varying abilities and younger children (less than 5 years).
The vast majority of respondents (15 out of 18) selected Option 2 which included a main play unit, inclusive carousel and talk tubes.
We also received a number of requests for a swing set which has been included in the final concept (due to budgetary requirements, this has been included in replacement of the single rocker originally shown).
We also heard from a number of respondents that the provision of shade is an important issue at this site. While a shade sail will not be included in this project, it is proposed that mature trees will be planted around the existing and proposed playgrounds to provide natural shade.
We also consulted directly with the local First Nations community in relation to the proposed Yarning Circle. The design that has been put forward for construction largely reflects the feedback received. Further engagement with the local First Nations community will take place in the near future on how to best activate the space from a Yarning Circle perspective.
The final concept plan can be seen below.