Improvements underway at Bicentennial Park
Works are set to begin on a major makeover at Bicentennial Park to provide improved skate park facilities, a new youth precinct and extra park facilities.
Bicentennial Park is a much-loved community asset and Council was proud to be making further improvements to the popular park.
The $1.4 million makeover offers some great improvements for park users of all ages, with a particular focus on providing positive, safe activities for our local youth.
The project includes:
- retention of the existing junior skate park plus additional skate park equipment to cater for older children and teenagers
- a new youth plaza area featuring a multi-court area, timber climbing poles and a DJ table
- retention of the existing Rotary stage area
- additional park seating and shelters.
The improvements come on top of recent works at the park which included the installation of shades sails over the skate park area plus construction of improved pathways in the park. improved lighting to increase public safety.
The project has been funded by Kingston Council with support from the Victorian Government through the Department of Justice ($130,000) and the Department of Human Services ($90,000).
Construction works are underway and will be completed in July 2016. The Contract was awarded to Naturform to perform the works
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More on Bicentennial Park
Bicentennial Park is an old favourite with many locals who know it as Mount Chelsea. The park is located on Scotch Parade, Chelsea (Mel Ref: 93 E12) and features a regional play space, kilometres of walking trails with links to the Long Beach Trail and the Chelsea Netball Centre.
The new play space with lots of whimsical and fun elements for all ages was completed in December, 2010. There are two big mound slides which are the centre piece of the play space. Pick your slide depending on how much excitement you want. Next to the slides is a Smurf village with a music hut, story hut and play hut complete with a mooing cow in the middle of the village. This playground also features a Liberty Swing for people with mobility difficuties.
Other elements include sculptural gardens, a shaded sand pit, Tinkerbelle sand pit, a giant basket swing, hammock, Mount Chelsea Express train, huge green grasshopper and bee springers, stand-on spinners, spiral slide, clock panel, rope climbing frame, stepping stones, rowing boat on rocker, chain traverse, tic-tac-toe, monkey bars, flying fox, wooden structure with various ladders and dual wave slides, circle set at an angle which revolves around and revolving lotus leaf with hand wheel.
Shelters with BBQs and tables, toilets, seats (including some wonderful curved seats) and water taps are spread around. The area is surrounded by fences with child proof gates.
As part of the redevelopment of the playground at Chelsea’s Bicentennial Park, a Liberty Swing has been installed. This will enable people with mobility difficulties or use wheelchairs to enjoy the excitement and fun of swings and be part of the action in a playground.
The Liberty Swing has a number of special features that will make it safe and simple to use, including:
- access ramp room for a carer to help mobilise/operate the swing during use
- wheel locking mechanism
- pop up seat for people with mobility impairments
- easy to follow instructions on how to safely use Liberty Swing
A carer is required to help lock the wheelchair safely in place, but after that, depending on the user’s physical skills, the swing can be either manually controlled by the user or pushed from the side by a carer.
Accessing the Liberty Swing
The Liberty Swing can only be accessed by a special key, which is known as a MLAK key. These MLAK keys can be used to access any Liberty Swing in Australia and are available at $5 per key by visiting any of Council’s Customer Service Centres or Leisure Centres.
These keys are also available to borrow from the following services and organisations (during opening hours only):
1 Chelsea Road, Chelsea
Phone: 1300 135 668
Scope Vic (opposite Bicentennial Park)
Thames Promenade, Chelsea
Phone: 9773 9788