Jells Park all abilities nature based playscape & satellite playground

Two new playspaces have opened at Jells Park in 2021 for adventurers of all ages and abilities to enjoy. 

 

The Project   

What has been built: 

  • Two new nature-based play spaces at Jells Park in Wheelers Hill 
  •  Changing Places toilet next to the visitor centre and café to cater for visitors with high-support needs and their carers. 

 

Playscape at Yabbie Hill 

Completed in April 2021, the new playscape at Yabbie Hill is an all-abilities nature-based playscape which we've custom built to stimulate the senses and accommodate adventurous kids of all ages and abilities. 

Drawing on community feedback and the wider park environment to help bring the area to life, the new play space includes a mountain top lookout with views to the Dandenong Ranges, a giant-sized spier web, arid and rocky pinnacles, dense green forests, a meandering dry creek bed, a giant fallen log and a rock garden. 

Young explorers can climb, hide, swing, slide and scamper like the critters and creatures of the Dandenong Creek catchment. Wide paths, quiet spaces, specific ground coverings and carefully selected play equipment ensure this play space will provide entertainment and adventure for everyone. 

 

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Playground at Jells Park East Picnic Area 

The second playground and Jells Park East opened in September 2021. The new playground features traditional play equipment including swings and slides for younger adventurers, and also incorporates contemporary nature-based elements such as wooden climbing equipment, a sand pit and a giant blue-tongue lizard to play on! 

 

A giant blue tongue lizard at the new playground at Jells Park

Yellow slide at the new playground at Jells Park East Picnic Area

 

Project funding 

This project was made possible thanks to a $3 million investment from the Victorian Government. 

 

Project partner

Sport and Recreation Victoria

 

Community collaboration

This project has been a real community effort. We sought feedback from the community in 2018 to understand how they use Jells Park and gather their ideas for the new playscape. 

Based on this feedback the new play space offers nature-based and adventure play opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities. 

Not only did the community provide feedback through consultation  – they also contributed to the place space with beautiful mosaic artwork. 

Local artists Jeanette Jennings and Kylie Crampton worked with local primary schools Jells Park PS and Wheelers Hill PS to create the mosaics used on the turtle and yabbie features. 

 

Project timeline

  • August 2020: Works commenced
  • April 2021: Playscape at Yabbie Hill complete 
  • September 2021: Playground at Jells Park East complete 

 

Related items

Playspace design

Fact Sheet - Guiding Design Principles (accessible)

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