Darling Gardens Playground Upgrade

Yarra Council will be upgrading the playground in Darling Gardens with improved equipment, increased natural play opportunities and more shade.

Community feedback on the draft concept plan for the playground upgrade was sought during May 2017, with Council receiving a diverse range of views and feedback from local residents and park users.

All feedback was considered as part of the development for the final plan. The results, analysis and outcomes from the community consultation can be found here.

View the Final Design

The final plan and playground elements can be found here.

Construction

Work will start at the end of October and should be complete by early December 2017, depending on weather conditions. There will be no access to the playground during the construction period.
All works will be carried out between 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday by our contractor ULS Group.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this project, please contact the project manager Julia Mardjuki on:

Phone: 9205 5555

Email: info@yarracity.vic.gov.au




Yarra Council will be upgrading the playground in Darling Gardens with improved equipment, increased natural play opportunities and more shade.

Community feedback on the draft concept plan for the playground upgrade was sought during May 2017, with Council receiving a diverse range of views and feedback from local residents and park users.

All feedback was considered as part of the development for the final plan. The results, analysis and outcomes from the community consultation can be found here.

View the Final Design

The final plan and playground elements can be found here.

Construction

Work will start at the end of October and should be complete by early December 2017, depending on weather conditions. There will be no access to the playground during the construction period.
All works will be carried out between 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday by our contractor ULS Group.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this project, please contact the project manager Julia Mardjuki on:

Phone: 9205 5555

Email: info@yarracity.vic.gov.au




We sought your feedback on the draft concept plan in May 2017. Below are some of the comments that we received. 

CLOSED: The community consultation is now closed.

Generally the concept plan for the playground is good. In particular the use of natural barriers between the road and the equipment is great and important in maintaining the natural appearance of the park. On the shade aspects, this should be achieved by using the landscape and natural vegetation and not sail shades.

Suggest table and chairs / BBQ would be good & functional additions for the playground.

Michael G 5 months ago

The draft plan has some great things added, especially the basket swing, spinner, rock climber, nature play elements, shade sail and choice of pyres and bella donna trees.

My additional recommendations would be:
1. to organise an interim plan for the 3 month construction timeframe so that the kids have something to play on from Aug-Nov. We use the playground daily!
2. A fence to protect little runners going near Gold St which is very close and the st gets very busy - essential!
3. a picnic table that is accessible for disabled and older people
4. has accessibility for children with physical challenges been thought about and addressed? A liberty wheelchair swing?
5. a tunnel as part of the nature play
6. a sand pit area with a water pump river bed
7. more scrub and plants especially on the Gold St side which will help with natural shade and noise/pollution from cars
8. a toilet nearby.
9. I’m not sure whether the mound would look so good as the whole park is very flat in comparison. Where the mound is a basket hoop for older kids would be better, as there doesn’t seem that much for older kids here. Some netting with shrubs surrounding it will help prevent stray balls. I realise others have said the basketball hoops at the school is available but it is not always available as they have after care programs on mon-fri and it is difficult to cater for two children at the school. Additionally, due to inner city living, most households don’t have space for hoops.
10. I also liked the idea of a a trampoline. Most households around this area don't have space for something like this and the nearest trampoline places are in 35-40mins away.
11. A larger surface area of the playground would be better to cater for peak times. Currently we find the playground can get very busy.
12. Lastly, as Melbourne embraces art, I think some tasteful, small art sculptures or ground patterns (plaques) from local artists would add uniqueness to the park

Thank you for involving the residents in the decision making. We are so grateful for your work to facilitating creative, active play environments in Yarra!

Renee 5 months ago

It would be great to see something for the older kids, my 7 and 6 year old have asked if a climbing web could be included.

Tim F 5 months ago

I will go this Saturday to give views that may be helpful as I have happily used this playground for 20years .

Kirsty Giles 5 months ago

Retaining the playground in the north west corner is a good decision. This leverages off the proximity to Queens Parade and activates that precinct. Having toilets near the playground would also make sense.

DT 5 months ago

I'm excited to hear about this upgrade. A fence would really improve this. I often worry about my children running onto the road as the playground is pretty close to it. I don't think it would have to go all the way around the playground, but a straight fence parallel with Gold St between the playground and the road, perhaps extending a few meters further than the playground, would make it much safer. Thanks for seeking feedback.

Bibi 6 months ago

There is one vital structure missing……a childproof perimeter fence!

Like many grandparents I take my grandchildren to this park, like most children they are energetic and adventurous. Parents, childminders and ageing grandparents need eyes in the back of their head at all times and ‘fast legs’ when it comes to minding children especially in the open public spaces. It only takes your attention to be diverted for a few minutes, e.g. helping a child that has fallen over, for another child to run off either into the Darling Gardens itself where any opportunist may be lurking (and there are plenty of big trees nearby for them to linger behind!), uncontrolled dog off leash, or on the roads etc. It becomes almost impossible to react quickly without leaving your other child/children unattended in the playground. The child would not have been able to run off in the first place if a childproof fence was in situ. Prevention is better than cure, and sometimes there is no cure! All children’s public playgrounds should have a childproof perimeter fence, just like all swimming pools must have one by law.

Take a moment and put yourself in the position of a parent / grandparent, especially with more than one child in the park caught up in the above situation, or worse still a child that has been mauled by an uncontrolled off leash dog, abducted, or hit by a car etc.

A childproof perimeter fence is not ugly, it is a necessity and also indicates that the council is concerned about their responsibility for a child’s safety and well being in a public children’s playground.

Thank you for the opportunity to have a say.
Kerrie Sandford.

Kerrie Sandford 6 months ago

Looks good. My children love any water features for play. Would also be great to have a fenced area (it's hard to see from the plans whether there is one or not).

caram 6 months ago

Great that this playground is being updated.... I told my girls about this (age 3 and 6) and asked them what there favourite thing was about other playgrounds to suggest inclusions.. They both absolutely love Beckett Park (in Balwyn), especially the mini level ground trampoline that it has. I think this would be a massive draw card if something similar was included!

Sally O'B 6 months ago

I generally support the plan and the need for an upgrade. My priorities would be that accessibility to all areas of the play equipment is provided to cater for all children and their skill levels. In short this means that whilst harder, more challenging routes can be provided for those who can manage them, ramps are also incorporated for equal access and inclusiveness.

Riley15 6 months ago

Generally, I support this plan. I far prefer it to earlier versions of the plan and cong atulate the council and th ereference group for their work on this.

I like the fact that the playground equipment does not take up too much space in the gardens, and seems to fit the purpose. It caters for a wide range of age groups and abilities. I am very happy that it is to remain in its current position. Th shade cloths are a good idea, pariticulalry if they can be removed during the cooler months to invite winter sunshine. I like the choice of brachichyton trees. I am pleased that it will be unf need and that more seating will be made avilible.

It would be good if it were possible for pedestrians to walk along the western boundary of the playground. It is not clear to me whether this will be possible.

Thanks for your time. And thanks for seeking community contributions so broadly.

Turbofairy 6 months ago

I live around the corner from the gardens and only last week was looking at the play equipment and thinking how they need an update. I like the plans, the incorporation of the grass mound, nature play and traditional swings and roundabouts is a good mix.

Stephen 6 months ago