The Thomas Street playground has just celebrated its 29th birthday. For a playground that was built for a 20-year lifespan, this is a remarkable achievement.
It’s time now to look to the future and plan a new playground that caters for all abilities and age groups.
The consultation for this project will be undertaken across a number of stages to first understand all the ideas and opportunities and then refine them down into priorities.
We understand that this playground has been the source of many great memories for generations of families. We encourage you to share them through the link below.
Thomas Street Park is home to a much-loved wooden fort playground, which was developed via a community initiative in the mid-1980s. The project used a model, developed by American Robert Lethers, and was ground-breaking at the time in the capacity for residents to be actively involved in the funding and construction.
The playground has reached the end of its useable life.
Its condition, has declined to a point where repairs will soon outweigh the cost of a new playground. Issues with visibility, accessibility and character do not meet contemporary community needs and expectations.
The need for renewal raises the exciting opportunity to develop a new, regional-scale playspace that can be enjoyed by all, including children with a disability.
Bayside currently has very little accessible play, but has a number of local schools catering for children with a disability. Play is a critical part of any child’s development and design for accessible play is now well understood.
Accessible playgrounds draw people from a wide radius and become a source of community pride. Good design can potentially include play structures that become a landmark.
Replacement also raises an opportunity to introduce some age appropriate exercise equipment to encourage seniors to be active in the park.
Bayside has an aging community, above the metropolitan average, and active ageing is particularly relevant to our community.
The playspace will include opportunities to extend socialisation in the park, by improving picnic and BBQ facilities. Adjacent to the park is a major netball facility, an athletics track and a Youth Club.
The overall playspace setting will be an appealing place for families of all configurations to enjoy gathering and being active outdoors.