Time to play

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Families in Olinda celebrated as a new $1.8 million nature-based place space was officially opened at the former Olinda Public Golf course.

The opening on 19 July signalled the completion of the first stage of a $7.67 million redevelopment.

“This is the largest regional playspace in the Dandenongs and uniquely incorporates mosaic artwork created by local school kids,” Monbulk MP James Merlino said at the opening.

“The closure of the Olinda Golf Course presented a great opportunity to create a new public space to suit the needs of the whole community.

“This is a fantastic space for the people of Olinda.

“It’s the product of a great collaboration with the community that will be enjoyed for decades to come.”

Future project stages will include a junior sports and training oval, netball courts and improvements to cricket facilities to reduce the strain on existing services.

This playspace includes an all-abilities playscape, new barbecues, picnic facilities, shelters, seating, a new toilet block and formalised pathways around the former golf course as part of a dog off-lead area.

Several local artists have also contributed to the playspace’s design, providing a unique link with the nature and community that surrounds it.

Mr Merlion said the overall precinct plan would provide new and improved facilities, experiences and recreational opportunities to create a multi-purpose local outdoor hub while retaining the precinct’s environmental values.