Frequently asked questions
- Open Spaces with recreational activities such as exercise equipment, skating facilities, running trails and barbecues which attracts visitors for longer durations.
- Where sites are on, or located near, an existing or planned major shared trail or cycle route, toilets may be considered for the use of walkers, runners and cyclists.
- Additional provision may be required in very high constant use areas where there is likely to be a concentration of people with disabilities, the aged or children.
- 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.
Why is the playspace being replaced?
Council’s playspaces are independently audited each year to determine their need for replacement. The lifespan of the play equipment is between 15-20 years according to Australian Standards. Additional priorities for replacement are determined by age, an annual independent safety audit, Australian Standards, maintenance reports and community feedback.
What will be included?
To complement the playspace replacement program landscape improvements such as tree planting, park furniture, gardens beds and paths will be considered.
Why isn’t there a ....?
Amenities are dependent on use, location, and nearby facilities. A BBQ is located at the nearby John McMahon Reserve (less than 600m walk)
Play equipment, especially larger items are dependent on space, location, the hierarchy of the park and surrounding parks and reserves. A flying fox is located at Roger Free Park (1.5km walk).
What accessible items are available at the playspace?
Where possible, access on an even softfall surface is provided, including to the nest swing.
Will provision be made for shade?
Where possible, playspaces are naturally shaded. Additional trees could also be planted to provide protection.
Why isn’t the playspace bigger?
Site features and constraints such as mounds, trees, garden beds and existing paths influence the size and location of the new playspace.
John McMahon Reserve located less than 600m walk provide a variety of play opportunities.
When will the new playspace open?
This is the first stage of 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.
Can public toilets be provided at the park?
District open spaces such at Lions Park at Sunbury Recreation Reserve and Regional open spaces such as Galaxyland are expected to attract more visitors for longer periods of time. Subdistrict parks require significant demand for public toilets to be justified.
Public toilets are not being considered as part of the improvements to Forrest Street Reserve.
Will dogs be allowed in the playspace and park?
Hume municipality has 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.
In an off-leash area the owner is to:
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.
You can walk your dog around the park, ensuring they are on a short leash.