Why is the park being upgraded?

    Australian Standards deem the lifespan of play and exercise equipment between 15-20 years. Council’s priorities for the replacement of a playspace and exercise equipment is determined by age, an annual independent safety audit, Australian Standards, maintenance report and community feedback. The play and exercise equipment at Centennial Park Drive Reserve are coming due for replacement. Council will update these assets with new equipment and provide the supporting infrastructure to enhance the park.

    What will be included?

    The improvements will include the replacement of the play equipment and exercise equipment. To complement this landscape improvements such as park furniture, improved social spaces, tree planting, gardens beds and paths will be considered.

    What accessible items will be available at the playspace?

    The play equipment for Centennial Park Drive Reserve will include accessible elements which will be guided by community feedback. Where possible, access on an even surface will be provided.

    What type of outdoor exercise equipment will be available at the playspace?

    Outdoor exercise equipment offers the community an opportunity to exercise outdoors at no cost. There is a variety of different workouts such as Parkour and street workouts, Ninja course, cross training, strength, calisthenics, and seniors focused. 

    Parkour and street work out areas provide pieces of equipment that emulate the heights, surfaces and challenges that may be found in an urban environment. The equipment can be used for fitness, strength workouts and practicing skills. While ninja courses are linear and have a start/finish point. 

    Exercise stations provide the opportunity to focus a piece of equipment on a single activity such as cardio, flexibility, strength, agility, mobility, balance, or cognitive function. Each piece is generally grouped with a combination of activities. 

    Will waterplay be considered for Centennial Park Drive Reserve?

    Waterplay elements have been installed adjacent to Livvi’s Place at ANZAC Park Approximately 600m walk south of the playspace at Centennial Park Drive Reserve.

    Will provision be made for shade?

    Where possible, playspaces are naturally shaded. Additional trees may be planted to provide protection. Where the structure of a play unit incorporates roofs, these will be designed to maximise shade.

    Can a rubber surface be provided under all the play elements?

    Council tends to use mulch softfall in play areas, a material that is designed to assist with absorbing a fall or jump from the play equipment. There are many different types of surfacing including rubber and sand.  Rubber allows smoother access to accessible items.  

    Will the play and exercise equipment be safe?

    Any piece of play equipment supplied to Council has minimum safety standards. The fall zone around these, the inclusion of soft fall mulch or rubber and ongoing maintenance help to maintain these standards.  

    The design is also independently audited prior to opening to ensure safety of users.  

    This addresses the balance between encouraging children to be adventurous, creative and learning to take risks while staying safe. By providing differing levels of play (i.e. junior, senior), children and their supervisors have graduated play options.

    Will public toilets be provided at the park?

    The existing Exeloo style public toilet located near the playspace will remain on site.

    When will the upgrade happen?

    This is the first stage which involves collating input from the community. Following this step, a concept will be developed for community feedback. It is anticipated the new playspace will open approximately 12 months from when the community provide feedback on the concept design.

    Will dogs be allowed in the playspace and park?

    • All public spaces in the Hume municipality have been gazetted as an ON LEAD by virtue of an Order made under section 26 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994 EXCEPT in designated off lead areas and dogs prohibited areas. 
    • In an off-leash area the owner is to: 
      • be in sight of their dog and the dog responds to its owner’s command whether verbal or visual. 
      • carry a leash, one for each dog, under their control 
      • comply with any site-specific rules and regulations, including but not limited to time restrictions and regulations associated with fenced off leash areas. 
    • In an on-leash area the owner is to have their dog on a leash. 
    • Dogs should be under effective control at all times and on a short leash within 50m of a playspace, BMX/skate facility, or similar facility. 
    • Dogs are PROHIBITED within the boundary of a playspace. 
    • Dogs must be on a short leash at Centennial Park Drive Reserve.