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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 - 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 (Register by clicking here)

Session 2: 5:00 - 6:30pm (Register by clicking here)

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.


Next Steps for Stage Two Delivery of the Playspace

Council will incorporate all the feedback received from the community during the webinar sessions and prepare an updated landscape concept design. The updated design along with all of the community feedback received, will be reported to Council for approval to proceed to construction phase. Following Council’s approval, the process for construction tender and delivery will commence.

Darebin City Council and our contractors continue to follow Coronavirus related government advice, including all relevant restrictions and health guidelines. Where possible, and where it is safe and appropriate to do so, we are continuing with project delivery to safeguard jobs and meet community needs. We are conscious that the situation is fluid and timeframes for delivery may be impacted by further changes to government health advice.

We appreciate that the community are very excited about the delivery of the new playspace including the development of the second stage. We encourage the community to follow the state government public health advice regarding use of outdoor facilities and gatherings. The new playspace might not be available for community use immediately following its completion, as this is subject to government health advice and future restrictions on the use of public space and public gatherings. Everyone will be able to enjoy the great new playspace when it is safe to do so and we thank you for your patience.

Future implementation of other priorities identified by the community in the Penders Parks Master Plan will be considered by Council as part of its annual budget process.


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 has happened recently?

Works on the all abilities playspace in the south-east corner of the park began in January 2020, but during this time Council received feedback from some members of the community that the Callistemon trees and garden bed vegetation in this location were important and should be retained. Whilst the master plan proposed hundreds of new native trees, shrubs and plants, community members told us that the particular trees and shrubs in this garden bed held a special meaning to them.

Council paused works to reconsider how to deliver the same play equipment in the same time frame, whilst keeping the trees and shrubs, to ensure this project is well loved by all in the community.

Click on the image below to view the previous 2019 design.

During February, Council undertook further biodiversity and tree assessments and held a community working session to seek community input on a range of new design scenarios for the garden bed in the park’s south-east corner.

Designers used feedback from the community working session to develop a final design for the garden bed, which balances the needs of all who love and use Penders Park. This design delivers a universal and accessible play outcome that also retains the valued vegetation and habitat on site.

Click on the image below to view the final design for the garden bed.

Below is a summary of the community feedback and how Council has responded to this the feedback received in the final design for stage one of the playspace.

What we heard from the community:What we've done as part of the final design:
  • The strength of feeling about the Callistemon trees and garden bed vegetation.
  • The importance of sight lines and visibility across all play areas.
  • The human connection to the bird life and fauna that visit the garden bed vegetation.
  • Support for retaining the blue stone edging and shape of the garden bed.
  • Ensuring all the play equipment that was originally proposed is still delivered.
  • Preserving the vision, play value and design integrity of the all abilities playspace.
  • Retained three of four Callistemon trees and much more of the dense, multilayered vegetation - one tree must be removed for safety reason
  • Maintained sight lines and visibility across play areas.
  • Reduced the pathway through the garden bed to protect trees and habitat.
  • Preserved the garden bed shape by retaining the blue stone garden bed edging, except for one small opening.
  • Incorporated every play element from the original design.
  • Preserved the vision, play value and design integrity.


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 - 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 (Register by clicking here)

Session 2: 5:00 - 6:30pm (Register by clicking here)

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.


Next Steps for Stage Two Delivery of the Playspace

Council will incorporate all the feedback received from the community during the webinar sessions and prepare an updated landscape concept design. The updated design along with all of the community feedback received, will be reported to Council for approval to proceed to construction phase. Following Council’s approval, the process for construction tender and delivery will commence.

Darebin City Council and our contractors continue to follow Coronavirus related government advice, including all relevant restrictions and health guidelines. Where possible, and where it is safe and appropriate to do so, we are continuing with project delivery to safeguard jobs and meet community needs. We are conscious that the situation is fluid and timeframes for delivery may be impacted by further changes to government health advice.

We appreciate that the community are very excited about the delivery of the new playspace including the development of the second stage. We encourage the community to follow the state government public health advice regarding use of outdoor facilities and gatherings. The new playspace might not be available for community use immediately following its completion, as this is subject to government health advice and future restrictions on the use of public space and public gatherings. Everyone will be able to enjoy the great new playspace when it is safe to do so and we thank you for your patience.

Future implementation of other priorities identified by the community in the Penders Parks Master Plan will be considered by Council as part of its annual budget process.


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 has happened recently?

Works on the all abilities playspace in the south-east corner of the park began in January 2020, but during this time Council received feedback from some members of the community that the Callistemon trees and garden bed vegetation in this location were important and should be retained. Whilst the master plan proposed hundreds of new native trees, shrubs and plants, community members told us that the particular trees and shrubs in this garden bed held a special meaning to them.

Council paused works to reconsider how to deliver the same play equipment in the same time frame, whilst keeping the trees and shrubs, to ensure this project is well loved by all in the community.

Click on the image below to view the previous 2019 design.

During February, Council undertook further biodiversity and tree assessments and held a community working session to seek community input on a range of new design scenarios for the garden bed in the park’s south-east corner.

Designers used feedback from the community working session to develop a final design for the garden bed, which balances the needs of all who love and use Penders Park. This design delivers a universal and accessible play outcome that also retains the valued vegetation and habitat on site.

Click on the image below to view the final design for the garden bed.

Below is a summary of the community feedback and how Council has responded to this the feedback received in the final design for stage one of the playspace.

What we heard from the community:What we've done as part of the final design:
  • The strength of feeling about the Callistemon trees and garden bed vegetation.
  • The importance of sight lines and visibility across all play areas.
  • The human connection to the bird life and fauna that visit the garden bed vegetation.
  • Support for retaining the blue stone edging and shape of the garden bed.
  • Ensuring all the play equipment that was originally proposed is still delivered.
  • Preserving the vision, play value and design integrity of the all abilities playspace.
  • Retained three of four Callistemon trees and much more of the dense, multilayered vegetation - one tree must be removed for safety reason
  • Maintained sight lines and visibility across play areas.
  • Reduced the pathway through the garden bed to protect trees and habitat.
  • Preserved the garden bed shape by retaining the blue stone garden bed edging, except for one small opening.
  • Incorporated every play element from the original design.
  • Preserved the vision, play value and design integrity.


Project links:


  • Final Penders park Master Plan

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    11 months ago

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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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    about 1 year ago

    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.