New way to play: Three parks officially opened today

Published on 30 May 2019

Come and explore natural and imaginative play areas, slides, climbing towers and accessible equipment at Melton’s three newest parks, officially opened today. 

The newly redeveloped Hannah Watts Park and Bill Cahill Reserve, and the brand new Arnolds Creek Play Space were all recently completed after about six months’ of work.  

City of Melton Mayor Cr Bob Turner said the parks each featured elements that would appeal to residents of all ages.

“These are modern, well-considered spaces that integrate the natural environment with play and make spending time outdoors enticing and accessible to the whole community,” Cr Turner said.

“The colourful playgrounds, nature spaces and shaded picnic areas will promote social and physical activity for all ages, stimulate young imaginations, and make everyone feel included.”

The parks were jointly funded by Melton City Council and the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

“Council is grateful to the State Government for co-funding these parks. Together, we are prioritising up-to-date recreation spaces for Melton residents.”

All three parks contain picnic areas, barbeques, and play spaces.

The Hannah Watts Park works have delivered a giant slide, in-ground trampolines, a balance log and stepping stone circuit, a dry creek bed for natural play and more as ‘stage one’ of a significant redevelopment of the precinct.

At Bill Cahill Reserve new features include a fitness station, swings, a half basketball court, and a balance and nature play area.

The new Arnolds Creek Play Space contains a grassland sensory garden, a play tower with rope climbing and slides, a flying fox and an accessible spinner.

Hannah Watts Park redevelopment features:

  • In-ground trampolines
  • Tower with giant slide and climbing elements
  • Flying fox
  • Swings (equal access)
  • Whirly go-round (equal access)
  • Natural play features including dry creek bed for tactile and imaginative play
  • Course of stepping stones, log steppers and balance logs
  • Generous picnic shelters with wheelchair accessible barbecues and tables
  • Accessible toilet block

Bill Cahill Reserve redevelopment features:

  • Play tower with rope climbing and slides
  • Swings (including a toddler seat)
  • Half basketball court
  • Natural play features including a grass mound, log climbers and steppers
  • Fitness station
  • Picnic shelter, barbeque and tables
  • Additional trees to provide natural shade in time

New Arnolds Creek Play Space features:

  • Natural play features including a dry creek bed and grassland sensory garden
  • Play tower with rope climbing and slides 
  • Flying fox
  • Spinner (equal access)
  • Resurfaced kick-about space
  • Picnic shelter, barbeque and tables
  • Additional trees to provide natural shade in time