Let's play

We are investing $1.5Million this financial year to renew and upgrade four play spaces across the City.

Work will include new play equipment with softfall and the renewal of landscaping including the construction of Shellharbour’s first all-inclusive playspaces. It is anticipated that works will be completed by the end of 2020.

Thank you to all community members who provided feedback, this information will inform design elements where possible.

2019/20 Renewals & Upgrades

These are the locations for the new playspaces for 2019/20 financial year.

A number of play spaces and equipment across the Shellharbour City area are in need of removal and upgrade.It is Council’s vision to not only upgrade these areas but to enhance the play and open space experience for not only children but for people of all ages and abilities.It is also important that the upgrade of play equipment and play spaces across the city provides connectivity, variety, belonging, challenges and is complimentary to the specific location, amenity and incorporates where suitable particular themes that help to tell a story.

Please share your ideas in the survey below.


Reddall Reserve All-inclusive Playspace

Reddall Reserve is located on the foreshore of Lake Illawarra and provides a significant regional destination. A new all-inclusive play space is proposed and will provide graded play opportunities suitable for a range of ages and abilities. A masterplan is currently being prepared for Reddall Reserve which identifies concept design and location of the all-inclusive play space.


Ski Way Park Oak Flats Playspace

Ski Way Park is a district park located on the foreshore of Lake Illawarra which caters for a range of uses. The site currently consists of a number of items such as an existing playground, boat ramp, picnic shelters, amenities etc. The site is also subject to current foreshore protections works which will include a kayak launch area, fish cleaning table and landscaping.

Do to the number of opportunities Ski Way provides it is a popular location for visitors and residents. The play equipment is of poor condition and functionality, so Council is looking to renew and upgrade the playspace.


Central Park Oak Flats - Playspace

Central Park is located off The Boulevarde at Oak Flats. Replacing and upgrading the play equipment in this park will assist in further activation of this reserve which is on the foreshore of Lake Illawarra and is an ideal location for family gatherings. This park includes off street parking, shaded seating areas, picnic tables and public toilets.


McDonald Park Playspace

McDonald Park is a district park located on Tongarra Road Albion Park Rail. McDonald Park has a range of facilities including tennis courts, netball courts, amenities block, off-street parking, exercise equipment and play equipment. A new all-inclusive play space is proposed and will provide graded play opportunities suitable for a range of ages and abilities. A masterplan is currently being prepared for McDonald Park which identifies concept design and location of the all-inclusive play space.

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.

2018/19 Renewals & Upgrades

Previous feedback

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

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 ”

FAQs

Council is committed to providing improved recreation and play spaces in the City.

These 4 spaces have been identified as accessible high profile locations with dilapidated play equipment.

Following engagement with the community, feedback will be used to inform concept designs. Construction is expected to commence 2019.

Yes, each of the play space upgrades will have inclusive elements.

Inspections were carried out on each of the play spaces across the City by an independant accredited playground inspector. The following locations have been identified as a priority for removal this financial year.

  1. Swing set at Fuller Park, Shellharbour
  2. Swing set at Wilson Memorial Park, Albion Park Rail
  3. Play equipment at Marsh Place, Albion Park
  4. Play equipment at Reddall Reserve, (opposite Pep's Takeaway)

The reinstatement of play equipment or a similar facility, at these locations will be determined through a wider study on Active and Passive Open Spaces across the City. This study will commence shortly and involve extensive community consultation and is expected to be completed in 2019.

Council will shortly be undertaking a study on all parks and reserves in the City, which will look at how these spaces are used and if they are meeting the needs of our community.

As part of this study, the community will be invited to share ideas and feedback on these spaces. The feedback received will be used to help shape the final report, which will be used as a framework for future renewals, removals and upgrades.