The new River Park Playground is now open!

In mid-2021, Council completed upgrading River Park playground in Ermington! In addition to replacing the various play structures, the upgrade also includes:

  • A new playground access path
  • Replacement of the rubber softfall
  • Replacement of the fully enclosed fence (retaining two entry/exit points)
  • Retention of the existing playground bin
  • Replacement of the two existing benches with new benches with backrests

Check out the upgraded playground in the picture below. The construction fences are now down and the permanent fence is back up!


Community engagement

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback in February 2021. We received 249 submissions via the online survey, with 36% of respondents selecting Option 8 as the most preferred playground design for the River Park playground.

Responding to community feedback that the much-loved pirate ship theme should be retained, Council have worked to update Option 8. You can see the updated design now including pirate ship below!

Council would also like to acknowledge that while we may receive several suggestions for improvements that would be of benefit to the community, not all of these will be financially feasible given the available budget, nor will they necessarily be possible given that Council must also consider other previously endorsed strategies and policies that guide what needs to be delivered.

Frequently asked questions

No shade sails are planned for this playground as there is plenty of natural shade that already provides a good level of protection from the sun.

The existing fencing will be replaced with two entry/exit points retained.

The playground upgrade will not require the removal of any trees.

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 Local Playground budget.

No trampolines or flying foxes are planned for this playground as these items are too expensive to be funded under a Local 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 with backrests.

The existing bin will be retained. There are no plans for the addition of a bubbler.

The play surface around the play equipment will be made from a coloured porous rubber.

Given the site constraints, including the road on the northern side and existing cycleway on the southern side, the upgraded playground will be built in the same location as the previous playground.