Welcome changes for Kaplan Reserve

Published on 27 October 2023

Playground with slide and climbing ropes.

Kids can now slide, climb and swing the days away at an exciting new playground at Kaplan Reserve - the first playground ever for the reserve.

The nature-inspired playground is proving popular with families, while newly laid concrete paths offer easier access to this St Agnes tranquil bushland reserve.

The playground has a wooden tepee, swings, a play unit, and natural elements like rocks and logs.

Tea Tree Gully Mayor Marijka Ryan said the playground fills a big gap in the area.  

“The playground is a dream come true for local families as there wasn’t one in the reserve before. We haven’t just provided a place for children to play. This is an investment in their health and wellbeing.”

But the benefits extend beyond young families. The paths provide better access from Hancock Road, through the reserve and onto the Uthwatt Court paved footpath, leading to shops on Smart Road and a residential aged care home on Mumford Avenue.

Cr Rob Unger, representing the Balmoral Ward covering St Agnes, said: “It’s great to see the positive impact of the reserve upgrades have on our residents, from young families to the elderly.”

Fellow ward councillor Irena Zagladov also commented on the reserve upgrade: “Enhancements like these reshape our green spaces and the way our community can exercise and enjoy nature.”   

A picnic setting, park benches, irrigated turf were installed near the playground as part of the Tea Tree Gully project, which also included further plantings of trees and shrubs.

How community members had their say on the playground

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