Major upgrade planned for Lady Emily Reserve at Skye

Published on 08 October 2021

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Fun and recreation are the main game when it comes to a proposed play space and whole of park improvement concept for Lady Emily Reserve, Skye.

Deputy Mayor Nathan Conroy said the proposed upgrade at Lady Emily Reserve will be undertaken thanks to a $300,000 investment from Council.

“The play equipment at Lady Emily Reserve has reached its end of life, so we’re investing in new equipment and improvements to meet community expectations and Council’s Play Strategy recommendations.

“Now it’s time for the community to view the draft concept plan, share their feedback and help shape the concept plan for Lady Emily Reserve,” Cr Conroy said.

The draft concept plan features a tree-house style play area with shelter, additional swings and nature play area. Imaginative play will be prompted by fun sculpted chickens, nests and eggs that link back to the history of the site. A path and open area will provide a space for scooters, small bikes and skaters.

Recreational open spaces will be improved with more path connections and tree plantings, shaded picnic areas with a focus on improved biodiversity and habitat.

North East Ward Cr Suzette Tayler encouraged the community to provide their feedback, adding: “Before we finalise the concept and go ahead with the upgrade works at Lady Emily Reserve in 2021-2022, we want to hear your suggestions for concept plan refinement.

“We want to understand our community aspirations for the Reserve and if the concept designs meet the expectations for the future playground,” Cr Tayler said.

Between February and April 2020, Council undertook community consultation with surrounding residents. The concept also takes into account community feedback received on the Draft Frankston Play Strategy.

To view the draft concept design and have your say visit Consultation closes 5pm, 14 October, 2021.

The Lady Emily Reserve upgrade complements other park and playground revitalisation. Council recently completed a $300,000 upgrade with a new playground including refurbishment of the existing timber play unit, new swings, spinner and nature play, shade sails, park fencing, tree planting and garden bed improvements and a new picnic area with barbecue and shelter at the John Monash Reserve at Skye.

Council also recently completed a $250,000 new playground in Fleetwood Crescent, Frankston South – close to the stunning Sweetwater Creek – which includes a slide, swings, trampoline, nature play and a climbing unit.

Other major works include an upgraded dog off-leash area at Sandfield Reserve, Carrum Downs and a revitalised play space at Karingal PLACE Neighbourhood Centre.

Cr Tayler said Council is taking a ‘whole of park’ approach to our park and playground upgrades, adding: “Once we see a playground or other amenity needs attention, we immediately assess the surrounding area to ensure we are providing the best possible facilities for our community.”

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