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Rocket Set to Stay


In February 2021, City of Boroondara was met with a wave of opposition to their proposed plans to replace the rocket play equipment at Central Gardens (AKA ‘Rocket Park’) as part of the ‘Central Gardens Playground Replacement’ project.

On 18 June, after considering community feedback and conducting further safety and heritage assessments, council announced that the beloved rocket would remain.

However, the existing rocket will be removed from the park for an estimated 10-12 weeks to undergo modifications required to meet current safety standards, including replacing all rubber surfacing, widening access openings, a new external ladder, and replacing the base of the rocket to improve overall structural support.

The new design proposal for the Central Gardens playground also includes new space-themed play equipment, climbing and exploration areas, shade structures, a water play zone, and more accessible paved pathways and play surfaces, with works to take place some time in 2021-22.


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