Valley Reserve is a hidden bush reserve within Mt Waverley, connected through the creek and path trails and is well loved by the local community.

Playce was engaged to design an all ages playspace as part of a broader strategic project (SPARC). To ensure the community lead the process, we ran an online forum with ‘oursay’, had a successful community BBQ on site, spoke to over 100 primary school students and shared conversations with parents groups and high school students at the local library. We also worked closely with a key stakeholder, the Friends of Valley Reserve to ensure they were comfortable with the project direction and to encourage them to participate in the future planning and activation of the reserve.

The resultant play space has been designed as a series of playful timber terraces, tree houses and rope climbs. Complementing this less prescriptive play area are flying foxes, swings, spinners and a slide. There is also a multitude of natural play opportunities, sand play and a sprinkling of playful art reflecting the native wildlife. Whilst the space has a play focus, it is also created as an educational area to assist in connecting the community with the broader significant bushland reserve.

It has been voted one of Melbourne’s 25 best playspaces with a rating of 9/10 as part of a Herald Sun Article Jan 17, 2106

Client: City of Monash

Date: Built 2015

Images: Playce