The renewal program will make sure each of the following local playgrounds has somewhere for visitors to run, swing, slide and climb, as well as an update of the existing play equipment:

  • Detroit Reserve, Corio
  • Talona Reserve, Corio
  • Janet Reserve, Newcomb
  • Lancaster Reserve, Newcomb
  • Sundial Reserve, Clifton Springs
  • Empress Reserve, Ocean Grove (swing installation only)
  • Waurn Ponds Tennis Reserve, Waurn Ponds
  • Ceres Recreation Reserve, Ceres

We would love to hear your thoughts on the proposed plans for the playground(s) you and your family visit. Please view the proposed playground design for the eight local playgrounds below and provide your feedback by completing a short survey. Surveys close 5pm on 27 March 2024.

Locations of the playgrounds to be renewed

The flashing circles represent suburbs only, click on the circles for the exact location.


Background Information

  • There are currently over 380 public playgrounds managed and maintained by the City of Greater Geelong and an additional 62 supervised early childhood centre-based playgrounds.
  • All City playgrounds are inspected regularly to ensure that they are free from defects and meet current Australian standards.
  • Playgrounds are included in a monitored upgrade schedule, which is reviewed annually.
  • Local playgrounds are accessible to neighbouring residents via foot or bicycle and are key community assets where physical activity can occur (both part of the journey and the destination), without having to pay fees, join a team or rely on a certain number of players to participate.
  • Playgrounds provide challenges and stimulating environments to allow users to explore their boundaries, provide opportunities for exploration, discovery and learning, and will encourage users to make decisions for themselves and have control of their play.

Playgrounds can be categorised into a hierarchy of five different tiers, depending on its purpose, size, catchment and the opportunities available. The hierarchy is as follows:

  • Local – smallest playground, located close to homes, providing a smaller range of play opportunities and amenities, with a catchment of 400m.
    • although activities are offered they are not as extensive as those offered in district and regional playgrounds;
    • have open space for informal games;
    • offer multi-activity play equipment including swings, slides and climbing elements.
  • District - provide a wider range of play opportunities than local playgrounds and cover a greater catchment area (up to 2 km). They are strategically located within larger reserves or sporting reserves and cater for a range of age groups.
    • have open space for informal games;
    • provide some all-abilities play elements;
    • have amenities such as toilets and shelters.
  • Sub-regional – a medium sized playground, providing a range of play opportunities and amenities; these playgrounds will draw from a 5-10km radius. They will cater for all ages and abilities and be built as part of a larger open space or multi-use centre.
  • Regional – largest playground, providing a broad range of play opportunities and amenities, with a catchment of 10km or more.
  • State / National – playground of state or national significance, usually part of a precinct.


Local playgrounds due for renewal

The following eight Local playgrounds are due for renewal. Catering primarily for children aged 3-7 years, with standard access to all levels. Click on the playground(s) you visit to view the proposed plan and complete the short survey online or visit a Customer Service Centre to complete a hard copy survey.

Disclaimer: the colours depicted in the images are for visual representation only. Equipment colours will differ at each site to suit the neighbourhood and environment.

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