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Swadling Reserve, Toowoon Bay

Swadling Reserve, Toowoon Bay

Swadling Reserve, Toowoon Bay
Consultation for this project has now concluded.

Project updates

October 2020

The playground is now open! The upgraded larger and inclusive playspace with improved accessibility complements the existing picnic and BBQ facilities, making it a perfect place to connect with family and friends.

August 2020

Construction of the playspace upgrade has commenced and site works are scheduled to be completed in early October, weather pending. Keep an eye out for more updates as construction progresses and a confirmed completion date is known.

May 2020

Construction documentation has been finalised and Council are currently seeking submissions from suitably qualified and experienced contractors.

Following contract award scheduled for June 2020, construction of the playspace remains on track for a commencement start date to begin by July 2020.

March 2020

A concept design plan has now been developed following community consultation in November 2019 – where three playspace options were presented to the community and participants were asked to let us know which option they preferred and why. You can view the results of the community consultation here.

Council received support for Option 1, with 37% of respondents selecting this as their preferred option. Of these respondents, 34% believed this playspace would offer the best range of play opportunities for the children they will be attending the park with.

Additional feedback from the community indicated that Council should consider switching the hammock swing for a trampoline of which we have been able to accommodate in the final design. Council also investigated the installation of a flying fox as a result of community feedback however after thorough investigation, insufficient project funding has determined that this item cannot be included in the playspace.

The community can view the final concept design available in the document library (on the right of this page). Construction of the playspace is scheduled to begin by July 2020.


Project overview

The current playspace at Swadling Reserve, Toowoon Bay is at the end of its functional life and we are upgrading it to a larger, safer, accessible and more inclusive district-level playspace for the benefit of our local community and visitors to the area.

To ensure this new playspace reflects what current and future users want to see, we are providing the opportunity for everyone to view three playspace design options and vote on which one they want to see built.

The upgrade works will deliver a district level playspace with equipment suitable for children aged three to 15 years old. It will include fencing, shade and additional park furniture within the playspace area to complement existing infrastructure.

Voting for this playground closed on 8 December 2019.

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Luke Johansson - Project Officer

Why is the Swadling Reserve Playspace being upgraded?

The existing playspace has reached the end of its functional life and no longer serves its purpose for the local community.

Renewal of the playspace is required to ensure equipment complies with Australian Standards and to improve safety of the playspace. This upgrade will improve functionality of the site and provide a new recreational asset for the local and broader community.

The playspace is being upgraded from a local to a district level playspace.

The current playspace is located adjacent to Toowoon Bay Beach and Toowoon Bay Holiday Park. The area is frequently used by the community and visitors and is a popular location for recreational activities, especially over the summer months.

What is a district level playspace?

Central Coast Council play spaces are divided into three levels; local, district and regional. A district level play space is larger in size, has a greater capacity and is intended to attract residents from across the Local Government Area (LGA). They typically include play equipment and activities to cater for a wider age group and people tend to stay for longer periods of time; 1-3 hours. District play spaces are accessible by public transport and are co-located with other facilities such as parking, toilets and shared paths.

What surfaces are planned for the upgraded Swadling Reserve Playspace?

The upgraded playspace will include multiple play elements to ensure a wide variety of play is available to multiple age groups and ability levels. 

Will fencing be installed around the upgraded playspace?

Yes, fencing will be installed as part of the new play space upgrade.

Will the playspace have shade?

Yes, provisions for shade will been made within the design. 

Will the playspace be accessible?

Yes, the playspace will be accessible and inclusive in line with the NSW Government's Everyone Can Play Guideline.  Concrete pathways and rubber softfall will be included for improved access and the shortlisted equipment suites provide both inclusive and accessible items. 

Will the new playspace keep any of the existing play equipment?

No, all of the existing play equipment will be removed in accordance with an independent condition audit undertaken in 2017. However, the sandstone block containing ‘The Silver Playground’ plaque will be incorporated into the new play space.

When will the new playspace be finished?

The new play space will be completed by 30 June 2020.

How will my vote be used in determining the playspace option selected?

Council will be analysing the results of the community vote to decide which of the three options presented best suits our community.

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Swadling Park, Toowoon Bay
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