Coogoorah Park Playground

Ahoy there!

Thanks to all those who have been involved in discussions about changes to the play space at Coogoorah Park.

These are the final designs:

 Coogoorah Park - Surf Coast Shire Council - Pirate Ship - Pic 1 - B.jpg






Coogoorah Park - Surf Coast Shire Council - Junior Area - Pic 1 - B.jpg







With these new designs confirmed, Council is now seeking feedback on colours and materials to incorporate into the new nautical themed play space. 

Have your say  

Feedback is welcome by August 29. 

About the new designs 

The new design includes a large timber ship in the main play space as the hero play element, with over 30 play elements around, inside, and underneath the ship. There is also a junior play space.

This ship has been designed to include other elements requested by the community, including climbing ropes, rock climbing panels, scramble and funnel nets, as well as pirate themed features like treasure hunts, binoculars, and slides.

The design also allows for access points for all ages and abilities to make the space more inclusive.

Project Background

Coogoorah Park is a significant play space in Anglesea.

In December 2020 and January 2021 we worked with local community members to discuss a new era for Coogoorah Park, given the current play space has come to the end of its natural life due to the age of the equipment and safety concerns.

The majority of community members involved in the engagement process opted to keep the nautical theme, and to maintain the natural timber feel in the space.


Community members and key stakeholders were engaged prior to the design of the playground upgrade, to determine elements and features that the community would like to see in the new place space.

The majority of the community indicated they wanted to keep the nautical theme, and requested another ship as the main play element in the play space.

The following list includes a summary of the community feedback and design response:

  • Nautical theme: We have a fantastic ship with more playable and accessible elements on board and underneath. The sense of fun and adventure has been maintained in the new design.
  • Accessible areas and accessible equipment: There are accessible and inclusive elements in the new ship as well as some separate play equipment to ensure there is a diverse range for all levels and abilities.
  • Natural materials as much as possible
  • Keep the imaginative play elements


Future plans

Other community feedback included requested items that will be considered in a future stage. These included:

  • A flying fox: additional funding would be required to excavate the ground to allow for this play element, and it would also require the existing play space footprint to be expanded. There is an option to review this in the future.


  • Educational interpretative signage about the Aboriginal history of the location and the history of the Inverlochy ship wreck: Council will investigate additional funding to develop interpretive signage that tells both the Cultural History and the History of the Inverlochy. We will work with both the community and Traditional Owners on this story telling as part of stage two.