Let's play

We are investing in play spaces across the City.

New play spaces at Reddall Reserve (opp. View Street), Mood Park, Dawes Park and Frasers Reserve are open!

We are also excited to announce four new locations that are due for renewal Reddall Reserve (opp. Windang Street), McDonald Park, Ski Way Park and Central Park.

New locations

Recently finished

Retiring equipment

Planning open spaces

Recently, Council invested in developing a updated Open Space and Recreation Needs Study and Strategy, that has looked at the open spaces across the City. The study has reviewed what open spaces we have and provides actions on how we can improve these spaces to best meet the needs of growing population. You can read more about the actions that specifically relate to play spaces (Open Space and Recreation Strategy, Direction 1: Shape open spaces to encourage public recreation and relaxation).

Managing play spaces

We know from community feedback that play spaces are highly valued, it is a priority to provide a variety of safe and inclusive play opportunities across the City. Over the past few years we have been working with the community to deliver improved play spaces, like Mood Park and Little Park, Shellharbour. In some cases, to improve play spaces has meant that equipment is permanently retired.

Each year play spaces with equipment are independently audited. The audit includes an inspection of equipment which is evaluated against Australian Standards. The audit identifies any maintenance and decommissioning required. In addition to the independent audits, Council staff also inspect and carry out maintenance on play equipment throughout the year.

Retiring play equipment

These audits have identified three smaller play facilities that have reached the end of their life cycle and as such their deteriorated state requires their full removal.

The equipment at these three play spaces will be removed from May 2020.

  • Marsh Place, Albion Park (swing set and slippery dip).
  • Fuller Park, Shellharbour (swing set).
  • Centenary Park (119 Tongarra Road) , Albion Park (swing set).

Past feedback

Here are some of the responses shared about 'What is the most important thing to see in playground'.

What would you like to see in a playground?

If your feedback relates to a specific location, please tell us.

18 September, 2019

Kayla says:

“Fenced parks for children with not just special need but also children who tend to explore More this will eliminate the extra stress ”

16 September, 2019

Luana Castro says:

“Gated parks where parents and grandparents can relax as the children play”

14 September, 2019

Chrissi says:

“An all inclusive, fenced play area. ”

14 September, 2019

Tory says:

“an all inclusive fenced in plsygro u nd please ”

14 September, 2019

Melody says:

“An all-inclusive, fenced play area. Thank you.”

13 September, 2019

Aye coquibus says:

“Fenced park ”

13 September, 2019

Debbie. says:

“All inclusive fenced area. equipment for children with special needs.”

13 September, 2019

Ros says:

“I would like an inclusive, fenced area Thank you”

13 September, 2019

Mon says:

“An all inclusive fenced in play area :) ”

13 September, 2019

Alyssa says:

“Reddall Reserve (windang st) an all inclusive play space that is fenced to minimise dangers for all children including with special needs”

13 September, 2019

Alyssa says:

“Reddall Reserve (windang st) an all inclusive play space that is fenced to minimise dangers for all children including with special needs”

11 September, 2019

zus says:

“At the Skiway park an.upgrade similar to Dawes pk which is inclusive of a few age groups would b lovely.”

29 November, 2018

Dan says:

“Dawes Park , leave place to play soccer etc, More shade areas, fix tennis court, stop motorbikes. ”

16 November, 2018

Julie says:

“For Dawes Park, something similar to Little Park would be great. Need more shade areas and replace the cover over the BBQ that was removed.”

14 November, 2018

Dani says:

“Mood park and frasers reserve will benefit from removing the bark and replacing it with the soft fall rubber. Water stations and flying fox ”

14 November, 2018

Emma says:

“Playground areas must be partly or fully shaded so they can be used in summer. ”

12 November, 2018

Miga says:

“Mow the grass more often at shearwater drive park. Replace woodchip with softplay. Empty bin more regularly and maintain equipment. ”

12 November, 2018

Miga says:

“Mow the grass more often at shearwater drive park. Replace woodchip with softplay. Empty bin more regularly and maintain equipment. ”

12 November, 2018

Supercarlo says:

“Fosters Park Flinders needs a complete overhaul.Equipment very old(at least 19 years old).Replace bark chips with soft fall surface. ”

12 November, 2018

Jackie says:

“Secure fencing, picnic tables, seating and shade. Natural elements are nice too. Keep the trees, build around them.”

12 November, 2018

Gemma says:

“Rubber flooring, shade sails, toilets and seating areas close by. More inclusive play grounds for children with a disability. ”

12 November, 2018

Sarah says:

“Shade sails, fences, toilet blocks and tables and chairs are essential for any good play area. Small cafe is a bonus! ”

12 November, 2018

Pamela says:

“In all play areas they need sun protection on equipment much healthier for everyone.”

12 November, 2018

Chad says:

“Would just like to see the same amount of money spent on the new park at shellharbour on these new parks. Especially Reddall ”

Shellharbour plays

Tell us what types of 'play' are important to you?

When creating a play space, we consider how to accommodate different types of play that meet the needs of the community. Play spaces aims to encourage all-inclusive play so everyone can interact with the environment and others. Below are some 'play' categories, of course these aren’t the only ways in which we play, but these categories help us to broaden our understanding of play. Please tell us what categories are important to you?

Must have
Good to have
Okay
Not bothered
Active play - Running, jumping, climbing, swinging. Eg. Slides, swings, flying fox, rock walls
Sensory play – Touching, smelling, hearing, seeing. Eg. Water, sand, musical instruments
Creative and imaginative play – Building, singing, drumming, role play. Eg. Pirate ship, shop front
Social play – Talking, sharing, taking turns, following “rules,” playing sports. Eg. talking tubes, flying fox, spinners
Reflective play – Watching, resting, reflecting, thinking, daydreaming, and chill out zone. Eg. Nature play, tunnels, platforms

Have you visited somewhere amazing and would love to see it in Shellharbour. Share it here.

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