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Penders Park Master Plan

Darebin Council has worked extensively with the community, including a Project Control Group (PCG) made up of local residents, to design and develop the Penders Park Master Plan.

The master plan communicates proposed improvements to the park as part of a greater vision that is inclusive, sustainable and welcoming.

At its Council Meeting on Wednesday 6 November 2019, Council adopted the Penders Park Master Plan, following community consultation.

Click on the image below to view the adopted Penders Park Master Plan

Check out the Document Library for other background information associated with the master plan.


Playspace Update - May 2021

We are excited to let you know that works will commence to build Stage 2 of the All Abilities Playspace at Penders Park.

Stage two construction works will begin in May and is expected to be completed by the end of September, weather permitting. The existing playground will remain open during this time.

What’s included in Stage 2?

Council worked collaboratively with the community to understand the aspirations and priorities for Stage 2 of the playspace. We are pleased to confirm that in addition to the new play equipment, some of the optional items will also be delivered. These include:

  • Swing set with basket, harness and standard seats
  • Spinning spica (stand-up spinner)
  • New picnic shelters and BBQs

Stage 2 also includes 22 new native canopy trees to provide shade over the playspace, and over 500 new native plants in garden beds.

The Penders Park All Abilities Playspace Stage 2 is supported by the Victorian Government through the Local Parks Program.


Playspace Update - September 2020

Council is pleased to announce that stage one of the new playspace is now complete!

At its Council Meeting on Monday 17 August 2020, Council endorsed the concept design for stage two of the new playspace.

Click on the image below to view the final endorsed design for stage two of the playspace.

Next Steps and Implementation of Stage Two

Following Councils endorsement of the stage two design concept, the City Design and Capital Delivery and Assets team are progressing with the detailed design and implementation of stage two of this new playspace.

The second and final stage of this playspace is planned to be constructed by the end of 2021.


Playspace Update - August 2020

In late July, Council held two online community webinars to provide an update on the playspace project and invite members of the community to help shape the playspace priorities for stage two.

Council thanks the community members who participated in the July webinars and provided feedback on the overall playspace priorities for stage two.

What we heard from the community?

The overwhelming feedback received in July included that the second stage of the new all abilities playspace should focus on more challenging and all abilities play for senior children.

Playspace activities in order of community priority

The community feedback prioritised larger pieces of equipment that enabled highly physical experiences, as well as opportunities for social engagement between all abilities uers and their peers, rather than smaller pieces of sensory or non-inclusive play equipment.

  1. Inclusive inground trampolines.
  2. An inclusive flying fox with dual seats, one with a high back harness and the second with a standard pommel seat.
  3. Challenging rope climbing course with inclusive elements
  4. Inclusive spinning carousel
  5. Natural timber tee pee
  6. Swing set with basket/harness/standard seats
  7. Spinning spicas (stand-up spinners
  8. Sensory wall, musical elements.

Some members of the community also expressed ideas around park improvements that are outside of the project scope of stage two playspace delivery. This included items such as a changing places toilet facility, picnic shelter and park fencing. Some of these items are identified as community priorities in the Penders Park Master Plan and can be considered by Council in future annual budget decisions for future implementation.

Next Steps

Council is incorporating all the feedback received from the community during the webinar sessions and preparing an updated landscape concept design, including an indicative site layout plan.

The updated design along with all the community feedback received, will be reported to Council at its meeting on 17 August 2020 for consideration of approval to proceed to detailed design construction phase.

If you would like further information about the updated concept design, an online notification and Q&A session will be held on Saturday 15 August between 10am and 11am. You can register to join this session by emailing city.design@darebin.vic.gov.au


Playspace Update - July 2020

Darebin Council is excited to let you know that stage one of the new playspace is nearly complete. We wish we could arrange a big party to celebrate this amazing new playspace with you all, especially given how meaningful this park and playspace is to the community. Unfortunately, we need to wait a little bit longer until it is safe to do so, based on the latest public health advice and COVID-19 restrictions.

In the meantime, we are pleased to let you know that Council has approved funding for design and construction of stage two this financial year. Delivery of the new, all abilities playspace is one of the priority actions identified in the Penders Park Master Plan. The implementation of this playspace has been staged over multiple years.

We are holding two community webinars to provide an update on the project and invite you to join us to help shape the playspace priorities and ensure this second stage meets the community’s aspirations. We will also present the overall vision, design principles and proposed play activities based on earlier recommendations from the community-led Penders Park project control group. (Hint: this includes more challenging and all abilities play equipment for older kids!)

If you are interested in shaping the playspace priorities, please register for either one of the sessions, by Friday 24 July.

Webinar Sessions:

Date: Monday 27 July 2020

Session 1: 12:00 - 1:30pm

Session 2: 5:00 - 6:30pm

We hope you can make it, and feel free to bring your children, pets, and a hot cuppa!

Can’t make a webinar but still want to help shape the priorities? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Just send us an email and we will arrange a time that suits you for a phone chat with one of Council’s city designers.

Need a translator? Just let us know and we will arrange translation services so you can help shape the playspace priorities. Emails are welcome too if that is your preferred method.


Playspace Update Stage One - February 2020

Delivery of an all abilities playspace is one of the priority actions identified in the Penders Park Master Plan. The playspace contains many custom pieces of play equipment and will be delivered in two stages, over multiple years.

Click on the image below to view the final design for stage one of the playspace.

What’s Happened So Far?

The new, all abilities playspace at Penders Park is the culmination of several years of community engagement, largely driven by a community-led Project Control Group. This playspace delivers on the community vision to create an inclusive, gathering place for Darebin’s diverse community to come together and enjoy.

The design for the playspace was developed in collaboration with the community-led Project Control Group during 2019, in parallel with the Penders Park Master Plan. Due to the size of this project, the playspace is being delivered in stages, over multiple years.

In February 2020, during the delivery of stage one of the playspace, Council engaged with the community to ensure the stage one design balanced the aspirations of the community. This community engagement led to a redesign of the south-west garden bed, to ensure the playspace and park improvements would be well loved by all in the community. Stage one of the new playspace was completed in September 2020.

Following Council’s approval of budget for the second stage of delivery this financial year, Council delivered community webinars in July and August 2020. These community engagement sessions enabled the community to shape the playspace priorities and ensured the design for stage two of this playspace reflected the community priorities.

Project links:


Penders Park Master Plan

Darebin Council has worked extensively with the community, including a Project Control Group (PCG) made up of local residents, to design and develop the Penders Park Master Plan.

The master plan communicates proposed improvements to the park as part of a greater vision that is inclusive, sustainable and welcoming.

At its Council Meeting on Wednesday 6 November 2019, Council adopted the Penders Park Master Plan, following community consultation.

Click on the image below to view the adopted Penders Park Master Plan

Check out the Document Library for other background information associated with the master plan.


Playspace Update - May 2021

We are excited to let you know that works will commence to build Stage 2 of the All Abilities Playspace at Penders Park.

Stage two construction works will begin in May and is expected to be completed by the end of September, weather permitting. The existing playground will remain open during this time.

What’s included in Stage 2?

Council worked collaboratively with the community to understand the aspirations and priorities for Stage 2 of the playspace. We are pleased to confirm that in addition to the new play equipment, some of the optional items will also be delivered. These include:

  • Swing set with basket, harness and standard seats
  • Spinning spica (stand-up spinner)
  • New picnic shelters and BBQs

Stage 2 also includes 22 new native canopy trees to provide shade over the playspace, and over 500 new native plants in garden beds.

The Penders Park All Abilities Playspace Stage 2 is supported by the Victorian Government through the Local Parks Program.


Playspace Update - September 2020

Council is pleased to announce that stage one of the new playspace is now complete!

At its Council Meeting on Monday 17 August 2020, Council endorsed the concept design for stage two of the new playspace.

Click on the image below to view the final endorsed design for stage two of the playspace.

Next Steps and Implementation of Stage Two

Following Councils endorsement of the stage two design concept, the City Design and Capital Delivery and Assets team are progressing with the detailed design and implementation of stage two of this new playspace.

The second and final stage of this playspace is planned to be constructed by the end of 2021.


Playspace Update - August 2020

In late July, Council held two online community webinars to provide an update on the playspace project and invite members of the community to help shape the playspace priorities for stage two.

Council thanks the community members who participated in the July webinars and provided feedback on the overall playspace priorities for stage two.

What we heard from the community?

The overwhelming feedback received in July included that the second stage of the new all abilities playspace should focus on more challenging and all abilities play for senior children.

Playspace activities in order of community priority

The community feedback prioritised larger pieces of equipment that enabled highly physical experiences, as well as opportunities for social engagement between all abilities uers and their peers, rather than smaller pieces of sensory or non-inclusive play equipment.

  1. Inclusive inground trampolines.
  2. An inclusive flying fox with dual seats, one with a high back harness and the second with a standard pommel seat.
  3. Challenging rope climbing course with inclusive elements
  4. Inclusive spinning carousel
  5. Natural timber tee pee
  6. Swing set with basket/harness/standard seats
  7. Spinning spicas (stand-up spinners
  8. Sensory wall, musical elements.

Some members of the community also expressed ideas around park improvements that are outside of the project scope of stage two playspace delivery. This included items such as a changing places toilet facility, picnic shelter and park fencing. Some of these items are identified as community priorities in the Penders Park Master Plan and can be considered by Council in future annual budget decisions for future implementation.

Next Steps

Council is incorporating all the feedback received from the community during the webinar sessions and preparing an updated landscape concept design, including an indicative site layout plan.

The updated design along with all the community feedback received, will be reported to Council at its meeting on 17 August 2020 for consideration of approval to proceed to detailed design construction phase.

If you would like further information about the updated concept design, an online notification and Q&A session will be held on Saturday 15 August between 10am and 11am. You can register to join this session by emailing city.design@darebin.vic.gov.au


Playspace Update - July 2020

Darebin Council is excited to let you know that stage one of the new playspace is nearly complete. We wish we could arrange a big party to celebrate this amazing new playspace with you all, especially given how meaningful this park and playspace is to the community. Unfortunately, we need to wait a little bit longer until it is safe to do so, based on the latest public health advice and COVID-19 restrictions.

In the meantime, we are pleased to let you know that Council has approved funding for design and construction of stage two this financial year. Delivery of the new, all abilities playspace is one of the priority actions identified in the Penders Park Master Plan. The implementation of this playspace has been staged over multiple years.

We are holding two community webinars to provide an update on the project and invite you to join us to help shape the playspace priorities and ensure this second stage meets the community’s aspirations. We will also present the overall vision, design principles and proposed play activities based on earlier recommendations from the community-led Penders Park project control group. (Hint: this includes more challenging and all abilities play equipment for older kids!)

If you are interested in shaping the playspace priorities, please register for either one of the sessions, by Friday 24 July.

Webinar Sessions:

Date: Monday 27 July 2020

Session 1: 12:00 - 1:30pm

Session 2: 5:00 - 6:30pm

We hope you can make it, and feel free to bring your children, pets, and a hot cuppa!

Can’t make a webinar but still want to help shape the priorities? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered! Just send us an email and we will arrange a time that suits you for a phone chat with one of Council’s city designers.

Need a translator? Just let us know and we will arrange translation services so you can help shape the playspace priorities. Emails are welcome too if that is your preferred method.


Playspace Update Stage One - February 2020

Delivery of an all abilities playspace is one of the priority actions identified in the Penders Park Master Plan. The playspace contains many custom pieces of play equipment and will be delivered in two stages, over multiple years.

Click on the image below to view the final design for stage one of the playspace.

What’s Happened So Far?

The new, all abilities playspace at Penders Park is the culmination of several years of community engagement, largely driven by a community-led Project Control Group. This playspace delivers on the community vision to create an inclusive, gathering place for Darebin’s diverse community to come together and enjoy.

The design for the playspace was developed in collaboration with the community-led Project Control Group during 2019, in parallel with the Penders Park Master Plan. Due to the size of this project, the playspace is being delivered in stages, over multiple years.

In February 2020, during the delivery of stage one of the playspace, Council engaged with the community to ensure the stage one design balanced the aspirations of the community. This community engagement led to a redesign of the south-west garden bed, to ensure the playspace and park improvements would be well loved by all in the community. Stage one of the new playspace was completed in September 2020.

Following Council’s approval of budget for the second stage of delivery this financial year, Council delivered community webinars in July and August 2020. These community engagement sessions enabled the community to shape the playspace priorities and ensured the design for stage two of this playspace reflected the community priorities.

Project links:


  • Final Penders park Master Plan

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    Community feedback is being considered for inclusion in the final master plan in preparation for consideration by Council.

  • Seeking feedback on Penders Park Master Plan

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    At its Council meeting on 22 July 2019, Council considered the draft Penders Park Master Plan and endorsed the release of the draft master plan for consultation to seek feedback from the community.

    The draft master plan is now available so please take a look and share your thoughts by 26 August 2019.







  • Final PCG Meeting

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    The group reviewed the all abilities playspace final concept plans. Stage one of construction is planned for this financial year.

    The master plan is in draft form and will go to Council to be released for public consultation in late July and August.

    The PCG put forward suggestions for the potential future of the PCGs relationship with council, recognising the PCG's role in an innovative community engagement process.

    The PCG resolved to continue lobbying local members and future councillors once the master plan is endorsed to pursue the implementation of key master plan actions.

  • PCG Meeting Update - All Abilities Playspace Revised Draft Design

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    The PCG reviewed a redesign of the playspace concept and provided final comments and feedback informed by the public consultation to the play space designer.

  • 'Quick Wins' New turf for Penders park!

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    As part of the development of the Penders park master plan some 'quick wins' were identified in the community feedback. These 'quick wins' are minor upgrades to the park infrastructure and facilities.

    A key part of these works is the installation of new turf to the western end of the park.

    The works will commence on Tuesday 21 May and continue for approximately one week.

  • Penders Park All Abilities Play Space Consultation Extended

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    The consultation for the All Abilities Play Space has been extended to Friday 17 May.

  • PCG Meeting Update - All Abilities play Space DRAFT

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    The PCG met with the Access All Abilities playspace designers to workshop the concept design that’s currently out for consultation. The group engaged in detailed discussion on accessibility, universal design and integrated multi-age elements, a more workable playspace footprint and the space’s evolving materiality. The group resolved to extend the playspace consultation for an additional week and a half to Friday 17 May.

  • DRAFT Penders Park Master plan at Council Briefing

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    The PCG presented their consultation results and provided the Councillors with a draft copy of the Penders Park Master plan at a Council briefing on Monday 6 May. The draft master plan was well received and will be released for public consultation in late May and early June.

  • PCG Meeting Update 24 April

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    The PCG reviewed the draft playspace design and prepared some feedback and questions for the play space consultant and planned the council briefing for May 6.

  • PCG Meeting Update 10 April

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    The play space consultants presented the draft plans for the all abilities play space. The PCG discussed plans for a councillor briefing and discussion on 6 May, the draft budget and project priorities.