The New Playground at Yarra Bank Reserve Will be Something Very Special

The new children's playground at the beautiful Yarra Bank Reserve will feature a unique interactive play sculpture that will capture the spirit of place of this beautiful park.
Designed by world renowned play equipment artist Benjamin Gilbert of Agency of Sculpture, this wonderful and unique sculpture is a gift to the community from Rotary and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to mark the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Australia

The Yarra Bank Reserve

Situated on the banks of the Yarra River nearby the site of the original punt that joined Richmond with the Parish of Boroondara until the mid-19th century, the beautiful Yarra Bank Reserve is in the tribal homeland of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. It is also the site of the oldest extant bridge across the Yarra River. Opened in  1861, the Hawthorn Bridge is one of the oldest metal bridges in Australia.
Yarra Bank Reserve is a perfect place for family play, beautiful, peaceful, historic and right on the doorstep of Boroondara and Richmond.


This is a place for all the family

This wonderful new playground will be opened by the Mayor of Boroondara, Cr Garry Thompson, at a special Family Fun Day on Sunday November 21st 2021. The opening will be accompanied by lots of fun for kids of all ages. Face painting, music, magic tricks, an internationally acclaimed hoopist, the famous Rotary sausage sizzle, coffee and cakes, plus all children will have a chance to be part of the famous Bees Waggle dance. Bring a blanket, bring a chair, most of all bring the kids.  Don't miss this extra special local community event.

The Program

12:noon - The Fun Begins
                   Face Painting
                   Hayley Hoopla                   
                   Popcorn from Rotary
                   Sausage sizzle, coffee and cakes
12:55pm - Welcome to Country
1:00pm - Official Opening by the Mayor of Boroondara, Cr Garry Thompson, and Rotary District Governor, Dale Hoy
1:30pm - The Bees Waggle Dance - for all the kids
1:45pm - The music, food and drink and fun continues
3:00pm - Last orders for the sausage sizzle - time for a stroll along the beautiful Yarra Bank.

Rotary Overseas Recycled Playgrounds

You may be wondering what happened to the play equipment that was previously there at the Yarra Bank Reserve. Well the good news is that that playground was removed by Rotarians in Boroondara and is now on it's way to Nepal, together with the play equipment from Pridmore Park, where it will be restored and erected in a Nepalese community by Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Kathmandu. Rather than send the replaced equipment  to landfill, the City of Boroondara is now a member council of the Rotary Overseas Recycled Playground Program, making sure that superseded play equipment continues to bring big smiles to little faces for many years to come.
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