Kurrak - A new playground for Ocean Grove Beach

A new playground is being built at Ocean Grove Main Beach.

‘Kurrak Playground’ will be located next to the ‘The Dunes’ café and will celebrate Wadawurrung culture and the local environment.

In 2019 Barwon Coast commenced the planning for a new playground within the Ocean Grove Main Beach area. An engagement process was conducted via community listening posts and an online survey to gauge sentiment on the need for a playground, its location and design. 196 individual submissions were made, with 93% of submissions in favour of the playground.

An Engagement Summary Report will soon be available for download here.

Key outcomes from the community engagement were a call for the playground to be accessible and to feature the local environment and the culture of the Traditional Owners of the region. The Wadawurrung Traditonal Owners Aboriginal Corporation were key contributors to the design of the playground. ‘Kurrak’ means sand in Wadawurrung language. Kurrak Playground will celebrate the many Wadawurrung Seasons. As children play here they can follow the Wadawurrung people’s seasonal journey throughout Wadawurrung Country. We hope this inspires them to care for Country too.

Kurrak Playground will be a small playground catering to pre-school and lower primary aged-children. We hope the accessible design will enable all children to play here and enjoy and gain inspiration from the Wadawurrung cultural knowledge and artwork featured in the play equipment and signs.

We sincerely apologise for the delay between engaging our community on this project and its implementation. The project was put on hold in 2020 due to COVID-19 impacts on our organisation.

Kurrak Playground is anticipated to be completed and ready for play in early 2022.

Image: Myles Tan on Unsplash.