Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground
Project: Building an exciting, inclusive playground at Corrigans Reserve at Batehaven
Stage 1: July to December 2016. The official opening celebration was on 4 March 2017.
Stage 2: start early 2018, continuing after July school holidays 2018
- Council committed $136,000 and secured $300,000 from the NSW Government's Club Grants program for the project, and allocated a further $190,000 for the picnic sets, as well as the car park and pathway upgrades.
- The Bay Push has contributed a $100,000 grant, which they secured under the State Government's Community Building Partnership, and has raised thousands more through their fundraising efforts.
Corrigans Beach Reserve playground at Batehaven is the largest of 36 playgrounds in Eurobodalla. It is 3km south of Batemans Bay town centre, in a pleasant and popular seaside location between the Batehaven shopping area and Corrigans Beach.
Inclusive playgrounds and the community facilities that support them are designed to be places where people of all ages, cultures and abilities can socialise and enjoy themselves.
To improve local facilities for people with disabilities, we have upgraded this major playground into an inclusive playground by expanding the size of the playground, installing new equipment, and - wherever possible - reusing and converting the existing playground equipment to allow inclusive use.
The inclusive playground is a partnership between Council and local charity The Bay Push, who had initially raised funds for the liberty swing and wheelchair access to the beach from the park.
Together we aim to:
- provide a place where everyone can create and share happy experiences and memories, have fun and be challenged, regardless of age, culture or ability
- support the local economy by providing an inclusive playground to encourage visitors
- invest in social outcomes by creating a vibrant inclusive play space that encourages active participation by all children.
Timeline and latest news
- We are installing additional climbing and dome play equipment and softfall areas.
- Finishing touches are next on the list, which we will begin after the July school holidays.
- To build on the completion of the first phases of the regional inclusive playground, upgrades to pathways, picnic facilities and tree planting, we will be upgrading the foreshore car park between the playground and the beach within Corrigans Beach Reserve.
- Work on the foreshore car park will begin on 8 November 2017 and finish just before the Christmas school holidays. The remaining three car parks will remain open during the works to allow parking.
- The new foreshore car park will provide an additional 88 formal car parks with four accessible spaces for people with Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permits. The works will involve the installation of stormwater drainage, kerb and gutter and a new sealed and linemarked road surface.
- View the plan for the exciting Stage 2 additions for the playground! (click for larger image)
- Mayor Liz Innes officially opened the Corrigans Reserve Inclusive playground on Saturday 4 March 2017 at a community barbecue celebration.
Also in attendance were Ann Sudmalis MP Federal Member for Gilmore, Andrew Constance MP Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Council staff who worked on the playground, members of the project's Sunset Committee, as well as representatives from The Bay Push, Variety, and other organisations who were involved in the project. We'd like to extend our thanks for their generous support that has enabled this community project to come to fruition.
- Fencing has begun! Sections of the playground will be fenced off and out of bounds during installation, but play equipment will still be open to the public. We expect the fencing to be finished by the end of February. The new fence will use panels from the old fence, plus new curved sections to accommodate the playground’s shape.
- Stage 1 of the playground is complete and we're open for Christmas! After a fun-filled holiday season, in 2017 we're looking forward to adding more play equipment, soft-fall areas, a welcoming entranceway and erecting the fence - using the fence panels from the previous playground and adding a few new curves to fit the great new shape.
- Watch some of our journey on this project:
- The finishing touches are being put in place so Stage 1 of the new playground will be open in time for the school holidays. Charles Stuart from The Bay Push says he's delighted with the size and quality of the park, "It's wonderful to see it 'in real life' after all the planning and I thank Council for getting the playground to this stage." (click for larger images):
- The new sea themed soft-fall material is now in place around the playground equipment:
- Stage 1 works are on schedule to be finished before Christmas. You can really see the playground taking shape in this latest aerial photograph:
- Works are well underway - view some photos from this month:
- Construction work has started. The playground will be fenced off and closed until early December 2016 while the playground is rebuilt.
- Preliminary work for the inclusive playground will start after the June long weekend. The playground area will be closed for a few weeks while stormwater drainage is installed.
- Construction of the first stage of the new playground will start at the end of July and includes repositioning the existing reusable play equipment, such as the flying fox, and the installation of new pieces. The playground will be closed until November while construction is underway.
- After considering community feedback from the public exhibition in March 2016, the Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground Sunset Committee made minor amendments to the draft concept plan.
- At the Ordinary Meeting of 26 April 2016, Council adopted the Corrigans Beach Reserve Inclusive Playground Plan: click to view larger image
- The draft concept plan for the playground was placed on public exhibition from 2 March until 23 March 2016 for community members to view and give feedback.
Once the final plans have been endorsed by the Sunset Committee and Council, we will develop a construction staging plan for the funds currently available and seeking tenders to begin works.
The various elements of the playground will be constructed in stages as funding is available. We will work closely with community groups to identify further funding and grants to see the entire concept plan realised.
- We have worked with community organisation The Bay Push to install an access pathway for beach wheelchairs to Corrigans Beach at the rear of Clyde View Caravan Park.
The new path provides access for two water wheelchairs kindly donated by the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.
- We are installing new picnic tables and shelters in the open green space area closest to the traffic lights. These picnic settings are accessibility compliant. We will plant eight new trees near the picnic settings to provide shade.
- The playground design consultant has nearly completed the concept plans. The Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground Sunset Committee will review the plans at their next meeting. We plan make these concept plans available for public comment in early 2016.
The Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground Sunset Committee has been established to guide this project. The committee is made up of community members and Council representatives.
In October 2015 we asked residents and visitors to let us know what kind of equipment they would like to see at the playground. We set up a stall at the local markets at Corrigans Beach Reserve and shared an online survey to get your feedback.
The children and adults who completed the survey said they want similar things. Swimming, sliding, climbing, monkey bars, a flying fox, riding, and opportunities for imaginative play are the things that you said are most appealing.
The design consultant, a specialist in playspace and landscape design, prepared the playground design incorporating feedback from the community for consideration by Council in February 2016.
In March 2016 the Corrigan Reserve Draft Concept Plan and accompanying Ideas Booklet, which illustrates each of the play components proposed in the plan, was made available for public comment.
For more information about the inclusive playground at Corrigans Beach Reserve, please contact Carl Ginger, the Project Engineer:
- T: 0437 447 881
- E: Carl Ginger
Related media releases
- 17 Nov 2017 Car park expansion at Corrigans Reserve
- 13 Feb 2017 New fence for Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground
- 19 Dec 2016 Corrigans Reserve back in play
- 28 Jul 2016 Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground construction starts this week
- 06 Jun 2016 Work starts at Corrigans inclusive playground
- 03 Mar 2016 Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground plans on display