Why is the playspace being replaced?

    Council’s playspaces are independently audited each year to determine their need for replacement. The lifespan of play equipment is between 15-20 years according to Australian Standards. Additional priorities for replacement are determined by age, an annual independent safety audit, maintenance reports and community feedback.

    What is being kept?

    The playspace at Highgate Recreation Reserve has well established garden beds, trees and footpaths. Many of these will be retained in the playspace replacement works.

    Can public toilets be provided at the park?

    Open space with multiple activities which attract visitors for longer periods of time will generally include public toilets. Open spaces with the following activities may be considered for public toilets:

    • 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.

    A public toilet will be constructed to the north of the playspace, via the footpath, and include two accessible unisex cubicles. It is anticipated the toilet will be built in 2023. 

    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: 

    • 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. 

    You can walk your dog around the park, ensuring they are on a short leash. 

    What will be included?

    To complement the playspace replacement program landscape improvements such as tree planting, park furniture, gardens beds and paths may be considered.

    Will provision be made for shade?

    Where possible, playspaces are naturally shaded. This may be from existing trees around the playspace, or new trees planted to provide shade. Play equipment can also incorporate roofs to provide shade. 

    A shelter is proposed at Highgate Recreation Reserve playspace to provide a shaded seating and picnic area, adjacent to the playspace. 

    When will the new playspace open?

    Following the compilation of community feedback, this is incorporated into the final concept. This then goes through the process of being documented for construction, tendered and awarded for construction. Timing may be subject to contractor availability but is anticipated works will commence early 2024.