About the project

We are renewing the local playground at Mary MacKillop Reserve in Surrey Hills to improve the play experience for all children.

We aim to complete the project in the 2022-23 financial year. Implementation of the proposed works will be subject to community feedback, further detailed design, funding availability and approval.

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Our draft concept design

In June 2022, we asked our community for ideas to help us create a draft concept design. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback. We found out that our community loves the castle theme and would like to see play options for younger and older children in the new playground. Based on this feedback, we have developed a draft concept design.

The main features of the draft concept design suitable for toddlers and younger children include:

  • nature play
  • a toddler play unit with interactive panels and a castle roof
  • swings with a toddler seat and parent and baby swing
  • a path suitable for scooters.

The main features of the draft concept design suitable for older children include:

  • a pyramid-shaped climbing structure
  • taller swings that offer a higher swinging experience.

You can view key proposed features of the draft concept design by selecting the Hotspots below.

All equipment and surface treatments shown are subject to community feedback, final budget review, authority approvals and site conditions. Images of equipment are examples only and subject to change.

An aerial map of the draft concept design for Mary MacKillop Reserve playground in Surrey Hills.

Have your say

Our community shared their feedback on the draft concept design between late-June and 20 July 2022. Your feedback will help us develop the final concept design for the new playground.

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Tree works

As part of our work to renew the playground, we asked an independent arborist to complete a health check on the trees in Mary MacKillop Reserve. The arborists told us the small red maple trees along the pathways are in poor health and should be replaced with trees better suited to the area’s conditions.

We aim to remove these small red maple trees when construction of the playground starts in the 2022–23 financial year.

We also plan to replace these trees and plant extra trees after construction of the playground is finished. This will happen during the tree planting season, which runs from May to September.