Draft design released for fun place

Slides, chimes and a carousel are just some of the elements included in a draft concept for the inclusive playspace that’s planned for Craigieburn Park.

Children and adults are encouraged to check out the exciting design and provide their feedback to Council.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the draft plan incorporated many features.

“Council will situate the inclusive playspace in the middle of a 12.14 hectare park, and it will enable children to play and explore in a very creative way,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“The design plans include a sand pit, group swing, arbour tunnels and a cubby house, as well as ropes, a play cone and bells.

“We want to develop a playspace that will utilise the senses of every child, and the area’s picnic shelter and timber seats shall offer a relaxing space for many families.”

Hume City Council will deliver the playspace in partnership with the Touched by Olivia Foundation, which was founded by John and Justine Perkins in the memory of their daughter, Olivia, who passed away from a rare illness.

Hume shall invest $400,000 to construct the playspace, to be named Livvi’s Place.

Cr Patsikatheodorou thanked everyone who had so far provided ideas about what they would like to see at Livvi’s Place.

“Our designers visited schools around Craigieburn, and also spoke with parents of children with disabilities,” she said.

“People told us that they wanted musical elements and crunchy surfaces, as well as fences, and we’ve incorporated these ideas in the draft concept plan.

“Livvi’s Place will enable many children to play safely at the one time, and I know it will enable young people to enjoy the freedom of play, regardless of their age or ability.”

In addition to the playspace, Craigieburn Park shall incorporate a leisure and aquatic centre, athletics facility, spacious parklands, and car parking.

It will be situated to the north of Craigieburn Central Shopping Centre, bounded by Aitken Boulevard, Marathon Boulevard, Central Park Avenue, and Windrock Avenue.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Craigieburn Park would be relished by generations of Hume families.

“More and more people will continue to move into Hume, and I know that lots of families are keen to experience what will be a fantastic place,” she said.

“Craigieburn’s population has more than doubled since 2006 and we expect it will rise by almost 50 per cent between now and 2036.

“Hume City Council is so proud to design and construct a spectacular park of the future, which will offer something for everyone.”

People can view the draft concept plan for Livvi’s Place, and complete a feedback form, at the following locations:

• Craigieburn Central Shopping Centre;
• Craigieburn Leisure Centre;
• Craigieburn Library;
• Highlands Sales and Information Centre; and
• Hume Tennis and Community Centre.

The design and feedback form are also available here and people are asked to submit their comments by 14 January 2016.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 14 December 2015

Updated : 11:28 AM, 14 December 2015

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