Angus Neill Reserve is located on The Esplanade in Seacliff. The existing play space came up for renewal in Council's Asset Management System in the 2017-2018 Annual Business Plan. Council staff saw this as a great opportunity to review this space, with a focus of best practice design principles, integrating nature play elements as a key design principle and the desires and needs of our community. It was decided to create a nature play space on site due to the research around the benefits of natural playspaces and the natural setting in which the play space is located.
Council staff met with students from Seacliff and St Teresa’s Primary Schools to speak to the experts about what makes a great place to play and visit with friends and family. A Community Engagement Day was held on site, as well as an online engagement survey. All of the great ideas submitted were pulled together in an Engagement Report given to our consultants, Peter Semple Landscape Architects and Climbing Tree Creations, to create the exciting new concept plan for the play space.
The upgrades to Angus Neill Reserve Playspace will transform a well utilised space with basic play equipment and amenities into a destination reserve with opportunities for a multitude of ages and abilities. Angus Neill Reserve will become a place for families and friends to visit for hours at a time and for children to engage in a range of play and development opportunities.
Council has been very lucky to receive funding for Stage 2 of this project through the State Government Fund My Neighbourhood initiative in partnership with the Rotary Club of Somerton Park. This funding is allowing Council to construct the play space in one stage.
Construction of the new playspace will occur between 14 May to 15 July 2018 and will be performed by Elton Landscapes. For more information please contact Council’s Youth and Recreation Officer on 8229 9999 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.