Romsey Ecotherapy Park

  • Project value$2,737,000
  • Completion Date01 May 2022

The Romsey Ecotherapy Park is the result of a community-led initiative by the Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc. committee (REP) to build an inviting and accessible recreation open space for local community members and regional visitors. The design has an emphasis on providing people of all ages and abilities a unique sensory and therapeutic experience through engagement with nature.

Council purchased the former Romsey Primary School site from the Department of Early Childhood and Education and Training in September 2015 in support of local community efforts to create an all-abilities park.

REP and Council conducted an extensive community consultation phase to develop a concept for the park in 2017. The size and scale of the proposed park development requires a staged approach to completing the entire site. The staging plan reflects this approach and suggests potential future Spaces for construction.

REP Inc. has worked for over 12 years to realise its vision of a regionally significant recreation open space on the site for all ages and abilities, created with natural materials, interactive elements and landscaping with a health and wellbeing focus.

Stage one is complete and to finish the project Stages two and three will be constructed concurrently commencing mid 2021. 

Stage one

Active Nature Space and Climbing Forest

The Active Nature Space along the Main Street side of the site forms the first stage of the park and includes a cubby under the branches of the significant oak tree, landscaped areas, seating, paths and nature-based play elements. This space was funded by the Australian Government ($215,000) and Council ($337,000).

Work on the climbing forest was completed over spring/summer 2019/20.

It complements the Active Nature Space by engaging older children, young people and adults to challenge themselves on the various rope and timber climbing elements, including:

  • a three metre high ropes course
  • lookouts
  • a rope bridge
  • vertical climbing net
  • a hammock.

The forest sits alongside the beautiful oak cubby and provides an exhilarating challenge for the young, the brave and the young at heart.

We encourage everyone to go out and see this spectacular new feature. Come prepared to scale its awesome height and feel the exhilaration of the challenge!

Stage two

Sensory Therapeutic, Arts Culture, and Events and open Spaces

Stage Two of the park is to commence in mid-2021. This stage of the parks development will include an events space with picnic and BBQ facilities, play spaces, an arts and culture space featuring several artistic features and a sensory garden all set within a beautifully landscaped area. Stage 2 is funded by the State Government ($718,000) and Council/REP Inc ($782,855).

Sensory Therapeutic Space

In November 2018 REP secured a $718,000 commitment from the Victorian Government to deliver the Sensory Therapeutic Space at the park.

This was in addition to securing $80,000 from the Romsey Lancefield Bendigo Bank Community Investment Fund.

Planning and detailed design for this space is complete and construction is scheduled for mid 2021. Features include seating retreats, log and rock installations, arbours, water feature, wind sculpture, wind chimes, billabong and water play area, sandpit and vast plantings and garden beds.

Events and open space

Features of this space will include an events space with picnic and barbecue facilities and play spaces. The events and open space area will be complemented by the arts and culture space featuring several artistic features and a sensory garden all set within a beautifully landscaped area.

Arts Culture Space

The Macedon Ranges has established itself as a centre for artistic excellence. Whether it be in the performing, visual or creative streams, this region of natural beauty and inspiration is home to a large artistic community.

Romsey Ecotherapy Park’s Arts Culture Space will be the perfect venue for Macedon Ranges’ “makers” to display their prowess.

Imagine the ambience of strolling through an outdoors artists’ market at this historic site or listening to a musical performance or Poetry in the Park. Pop up sculpture displays, lazy Sunday afternoon soirees – the possibilities will be vast.

With picnic and barbecue facilities included, there will be opportunities for extended visits to enjoy the space.

Construction of the Arts Culture Space will commence in 2021 and has been funded by the Victorian State Government (Regional Development Victoria) and Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Stage three

Woodland ramble, hut building frame and on street car park

On 19 May 2021, further State Government funding of $615,000 was announced by The Hon. Mary-Anne Thomas, Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon, for the third and final stage of the Romsey Ecotherapy Park. Council will contribute a further $70,000.

Stage three will add a Woodland Ramble and space to encourage nature play, including a hut building frame that will complement the climbing forest for older children and adults. An on street car park completes Stage 3.

Location

Main Street, Romsey 3434  View Map

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