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Join us on Saturday 14 May 2022 to mark the opening of the Penders Park All-abilities Playspace in Thornbury

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 – March 2022

We are pleased to let you know that the Penders Park All-Abilities Playspace was officially opened by the Minister for Energy, Environment, and Climate Change, The Honourable Lily D’Ambrosio on 29 March 2022.

The playspace delivers a nature play-based experience, utilising innovative design and high-quality materials to provide a sensory experience for all children.

The playspace was two thirds funded by Council and one third by a grant provided by the Victorian Government as part of the Suburban Parks Program.

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.

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.

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.

Project links:

Penders Park Master Plan feedback activities

Consultation is now closed