This consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Council will consider a report on the consultation findings at its Ordinary Council meeting on 4 May 2022. The Council report and supporting documents, including the engagement summary report, will be made available on Council’s website at https://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/about-the-council/council-meetings on the Friday prior to the meeting date. If you would like to speak to this report at the Council Meeting, you can register at https://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/about-the-council/council-meetings/request-to-speak-at-a-council-meeting


Project background

Our two much-loved adventure playgrounds are over 40 years old. They need some attention to meet contemporary standards and regulations, and Council has allocated $3.445 million towards their upgrade in its 10-year financial plan.

Until recently, the two playgrounds were open when staff were on site running supervised programs - around 19 hours for St Kilda and around 18 hours for Skinners (South Melbourne) each week. When recent COVID-19 restrictions meant staff couldn’t be on site to run any of our usual programs at the playgrounds, we decided to trial extending their opening hours to cover daylight hours, in line with our other play spaces across the City. This enabled families with young children in our community to have more flexible access to these play spaces.

Restrictions have eased, and both adventure playgrounds will go back to their regular operating model after 30 January 2022. We’re keen to hear what you think of the trial of extended hours.

Later in 2022, Council will consider how to approach the upgrades, including the consultation process with the community, how to engage children in the process, the programs offered at the playgrounds and the hours of opening.

To provide your feedback, simply complete the survey below. This consultation will close on Sunday 13 February, 2022.

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