Edwardes Lake Park (Seaver Grove) Playspace Design

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A New Nature-Based Playspace for Edwardes Lake Park

Council is working to design a new destination playspace in Edwardes Lake Park close to Seaver Grove, based on the feedback we received from the community during consultation in 2016 and 2017 and the most recent feedback received in July and August this year.

A design concept has been prepared prepared and we are now considering the feedback received which will inform the final design of the playspace including the preferred piece of soundplay to install.


What’s happened so far?

Edwardes Lake Park, located in Reservoir, is of regional significance, and serves a critical role in providing ‘green lungs’ for the Darebin community. It is also an important connector for local habitat along Edgars Creek and is a popular regional destination for informal community gatherings and recreation.

Council has been considering further improvements to the park over a number of years and undertook community engagement in 2016 and 2017 for the purpose of helping with long term planning and with the intention of reviewing the previous Master Plan for the site.

This work is now completed and a key improvement that this work identified is a the construction of a new playspace. Creating a new focal point on this side of the park was important to the community to activate this area and provide an alternative to the heavily used Griffiths Street playspace.

The design concept

Please see the video that was created which explains the design and ways you could engage during the consultation period.

The concept design is based on ideas from the community including:

  • Nature play
  • Water play
  • Sound/music play
  • New play equipment, spinning play equipment
  • Loose parts play (for example cubby building materials)
  • Sensory garden, native grassland meadow, garden beds, trees
  • Environmental themes
  • Treasure hunt/orienteering

This exciting new playspace will be on the slope above the wetland and lake, close to the boat house, BBQ area and small playspace, tennis courts and skate park. The small existing play items will be integrated into the new design in the short term, and will be removed to make way for an upgraded BBQ area and shelter in the future.



The design of the new playspace focuses on nature play and adventurous play for children of all ages. The slope creates opportunities for sliding, climbing, swinging, rolling and spinning.

It also offers space for building cubbies, engaging with nature, playing with water and sound equipment, having picnics, watching a performance, hanging out, and enjoying the view.


Map of the concept plan

Collage of three images - children playing in a maze or labrynth of bluestone, performance space in the outdoors made of steel and Royal Park Nature Play playgroundFirst image: Mamma Knows North – Merri Creek Labrynth, Clifton Hill (www.mammaknowsnorth.com.au)
Second image: Image by Rodrigo Sheward – Pinohuacho Observation Deck (archdaily.com)
Third image: Image by Joyce Watts (tothotornot.com)

View the design

You can still look at the design concept in more detail here.

View the video

As we are unable to meet face to face just yet, we produced a video (also featured above) to explain the design but also tells you ways you could get involved when consultation was open.

short video explaining the Edwardes Lake Park Playspace Concept Design


Below are the two options for the piece of soundplay equipment.

Original images from Richter Spielegrate (www.richter-spielgerate.de)

What’s happening now?

Thank you for your feedback. Council is currently considering the feedback received which will inform the final design of the playspace including the preferred piece of soundplay to install.

What's next?

Due to COVID-19, this project is currently not funded however Council will be seeking funding for construction of the playspace in future years.

Although the consultation phase has ended, you can still email any questions or comments to City.Design@darebin.vic.gov.au or ask to speak to a City Designer about the design concept by calling 8470 8888.

A New Nature-Based Playspace for Edwardes Lake Park

Council is working to design a new destination playspace in Edwardes Lake Park close to Seaver Grove, based on the feedback we received from the community during consultation in 2016 and 2017 and the most recent feedback received in July and August this year.

A design concept has been prepared prepared and we are now considering the feedback received which will inform the final design of the playspace including the preferred piece of soundplay to install.


What’s happened so far?

Edwardes Lake Park, located in Reservoir, is of regional significance, and serves a critical role in providing ‘green lungs’ for the Darebin community. It is also an important connector for local habitat along Edgars Creek and is a popular regional destination for informal community gatherings and recreation.

Council has been considering further improvements to the park over a number of years and undertook community engagement in 2016 and 2017 for the purpose of helping with long term planning and with the intention of reviewing the previous Master Plan for the site.

This work is now completed and a key improvement that this work identified is a the construction of a new playspace. Creating a new focal point on this side of the park was important to the community to activate this area and provide an alternative to the heavily used Griffiths Street playspace.

The design concept

Please see the video that was created which explains the design and ways you could engage during the consultation period.

The concept design is based on ideas from the community including:

  • Nature play
  • Water play
  • Sound/music play
  • New play equipment, spinning play equipment
  • Loose parts play (for example cubby building materials)
  • Sensory garden, native grassland meadow, garden beds, trees
  • Environmental themes
  • Treasure hunt/orienteering

This exciting new playspace will be on the slope above the wetland and lake, close to the boat house, BBQ area and small playspace, tennis courts and skate park. The small existing play items will be integrated into the new design in the short term, and will be removed to make way for an upgraded BBQ area and shelter in the future.



The design of the new playspace focuses on nature play and adventurous play for children of all ages. The slope creates opportunities for sliding, climbing, swinging, rolling and spinning.

It also offers space for building cubbies, engaging with nature, playing with water and sound equipment, having picnics, watching a performance, hanging out, and enjoying the view.


Map of the concept plan

Collage of three images - children playing in a maze or labrynth of bluestone, performance space in the outdoors made of steel and Royal Park Nature Play playgroundFirst image: Mamma Knows North – Merri Creek Labrynth, Clifton Hill (www.mammaknowsnorth.com.au)
Second image: Image by Rodrigo Sheward – Pinohuacho Observation Deck (archdaily.com)
Third image: Image by Joyce Watts (tothotornot.com)

View the design

You can still look at the design concept in more detail here.

View the video

As we are unable to meet face to face just yet, we produced a video (also featured above) to explain the design but also tells you ways you could get involved when consultation was open.

short video explaining the Edwardes Lake Park Playspace Concept Design


Below are the two options for the piece of soundplay equipment.

Original images from Richter Spielegrate (www.richter-spielgerate.de)

What’s happening now?

Thank you for your feedback. Council is currently considering the feedback received which will inform the final design of the playspace including the preferred piece of soundplay to install.

What's next?

Due to COVID-19, this project is currently not funded however Council will be seeking funding for construction of the playspace in future years.

Although the consultation phase has ended, you can still email any questions or comments to City.Design@darebin.vic.gov.au or ask to speak to a City Designer about the design concept by calling 8470 8888.