Works to commence on the new Thomas Street Inclusive Playground
Construction due to commence 26 October 2020.
This an exciting first step on the journey to transform the park and deliver the first fully inclusive playspace in Bayside, a place where everyone can play.
Whether you want to relax in the new shaded areas, play, splash around in the unique water play feature or go for a walk and have a picnic with friends, the new and improved park will cater for a wide range of abilities and interests.
The ideas for the new playground have been developed through extensive community consultation undertaken in 2019 and in collaboration with the Community Advisory Group. The opportunity to participate in designing the new playground was widely promoted with feedback received from future users including parents of children with a disability, neighbours of the park, the Bayside Healthy Ageing Reference Group and Bayside Special Developmental School.
Works will commence Monday 26 October 2020. The works will begin with removing the existing wooden fort playground.
While works are underway, the playground area and public toilet will remain fenced off from the public to enable to works to proceed safely.
We plan to retain and reuse several of the turrets from the original structure in the new playground, to acknowledge the history of the park and the enormous community contribution it has made over the years.
We expect the new and improved playground will be ready for play again in June 2021.
You can find other great playgrounds nearby including Basterfield Park.
Public toilet upgrade
The current toilet block will be replaced with a new, larger facility better suited to the needs of kids and parents of all abilities and will include a Changing Places hoist-assisted change facility.
Works on the toilet will commence Monday 26 October 2020, the area will remain fenced off for safety reasons untilt playground is open in June 2021.
The public toilet upgrade is being delivered as part of Council’s Public Toilet Strategy (2019- 2023). Please refer to the image above for an indication of what the new facilities will look like once complete.
The designs were developed using feedback from extensive community consultation during the ‘gathering ideas’ phase of consultation in April 2019, including input by a Community Reference Group that included local parents. Playground designer Ric McConaghy then created a highly original and magical concept that has been tested and revised based on feedback received during the 'Have your say on the concept' and 'Have your say on the draft plan' phases.
Consultation on the draft plan closed Sunday 8 September 2019. The Consultation Report can be accessed and downloaded from the document library on the Have Your Say page.