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Santa’s come early to Bass Coast:  NEW Wonthaggi Guide Park and Playspace open!

Santa’s come early to Bass Coast: NEW Wonthaggi Guide Park and Playspace open!

Friday 23 December 2022
Environment, Community

Bass Coast Shire Council are very pleased to share an early Christmas present with our community: Wonthaggi’s Guide Park and Playspace has reopened after extensive redevelopment.

A much-loved location for Bass Coast Shire residents and visitors, Guide Park’s redevelopment has created a fun, accessible, intergenerational space that offers a variety of challenging experiences for all age groups and abilities, while providing natural shade and park amenities.

“Council are incredibly excited for the young and young-at-heart to enjoy the revamped Wonthaggi Guide Park and Playspace,” says Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan.

“Outdoor recreation has huge physical and mental health benefits for all, while inspiring shared spaces nurture strong community connection. Wonthaggi’s new Guide Park and Playspace draws upon extensive community consultation to meet those needs and far more, with elements reflecting the Shire’s coal mining history and amazing natural environment.

“Guide Park will deepen our community’s connection to nature, while enabling socialising in safe spaces, inspire young minds with creative challenges, and encourage increased exercise for free.”

The new playspace compliments the changing places toilet facility, existing shelters and natural shade trees. The inviting setting and amenities cater to the needs of the whole community.

Ready for the summer holidays, the new regional scale playspace features a mine themed slide tower, flying foxes, a trampoline, carousel, gentle exercise area and nature-based play. Additional new amenities include a drinking fountain, bike racks, pathways, fencing and an accessible BBQ has also been installed.

Other features include: water taps that lead through to different channels; extensive sand play with sand pully, sieve and tubes; young children's play area with small play tower, log steppers and balance beams; nature play with tunnels, timber representing the train line with stone pathways; and monkey bars to challenge older children. A general exercise area is designed for older adults and rehabilitation too.

The upgrade and redevelopment of Wonthaggi’s Guide Park and Playspace was carried out by Planned Constructions Pty Ltd. The total project cost is $1.77 million. Council received support from the Victorian Government with $700,000 funded by Sport and Recreation Victoria and $350,000 from the Growing Suburbs Fund.

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