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Heathcote park a fun place to learn

A new playground will be built near Barrack Reserve to engage children’s imagination and to reflect the region;s wine-making heritage.

ZACH HUBBER May 2, 2014 3:10am

City of Greater Bendigo landscape architect Gary Lantzsch designed this public space to replace the outdated and non-compliant playground.

A playground equipped with a giant wine barrel in the centre of Heathcote is set to become a favourite among district and visiting children.

The City of Greater Bendigo will replace the old Lions Park playground next to Barrack Reserve with one reflecting the district’s strong viticulture industry.

Council landscape architect Gary Lantzsch designed the public space and said the old playground was outdated and non-compliant.

‘‘Playgrounds usually have a 15-year lifespan and this one is more than 20 years old, so it’s well and truly in need of an upgrade,’’ Mr Lantzsch said.

‘‘This playground is designed for Heathcote.

‘‘I don’t think you’ll find another one like it in the world.’’

The playground will feature a giant barrel play unit in the centre with a slide, a seesaw, swings, hand pump, xylophone and pod spinner.

It will also boast a flying fox, barrel walk and swing hammock at a later stage.

Council will invest more than $100,000 to the project, along with $17,000 from Bendigo Bank and $10,000 from Heathcote Lions Club.

Mr Lantzsch said the playground would add to the town’s health and wellbeing.

‘‘Playgrounds help children learn and they help them co-ordinate,’’ he said.

‘‘This design appeals to the imagination, especially when things are enlarged.’’

Lions Club president Greg Speirs said the club was impressed by the design.

‘‘Originally we wanted the council to replace a bit of equipment, but instead of replacing one bit they decided they’d offer just over $100,000,’’ Mr Speirs said.

‘‘The piece that I like is that centrepiece.

‘‘It’s something which captures the region.’’

Construction will start in July and take about two months to complete.

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