By Jade Glen
Lillydale Lake’s new Playspace is now open for playtime.
The space has been designed with the goal of encouraging children to not only enjoy outdoor play, but also to engage with their parents and grandparents.
Yarra Ranges Council manager of built and active spaces, Robyn Mansfield, said the space was accessible for all ages and abilities.
“Connecting with nature is important for children’s physical and mental development, and it’s also good for adults,” Ms Mansfield said.
“Research shows that nature is positive for health in terms of recovering from stress, improving concentration and productivity, and improving our mental state.
“We know that nature is important to people, and the numbers of people seeking nature-based recreation are increasing.”
Local Government Minister Natalie Hutchins said everyone should have the opportunity to play in the park and play spaces.
“It doesn’t matter what your age is, everyone loves to play at the park,” she said.
“Growing communities deserve assistance to improve parks, playgrounds and community centres, which is what we are doing with the Growing Suburbs Fund.”
Features of the new play space include large and small climbing structures resembling a bird’s nest, a giant basket swing, a sandpit with stone bug stepping stones, a platypus seat rocker, music bells, timber climbing posts, water play mushrooms and glow-in-the-dark walking paths.
Accessible elements of the play space include a double flying-fox with an accessible seat, an all-abilities water play area with water jets and a wheelchair accessible liberty swing.