Families in Olinda celebrated today as the new nature-based place space was officially opened at the former Olinda Public Golf course, signalling the completion of the first stage of redevelopment.

This Playspace is a $1.8 million investment into Olinda’s recreational environment and is stage one of a $7.67 million re-development of the former golf course. Future stages will include a new junior sports and training oval, new netball courts and improvements to cricket facilities to reduce the strain on existing services.

The Playspace includes an all abilities playscape, new barbecues, picnic facilities, shelters, seating, a new toilet block and formalised pathways around the former golf course as part of a dog off lead area. Several local artists have contributed to the Playspace’s design, providing a unique link with the nature and community that surrounds it.

The Playspace, along with forthcoming sports oval, netball courts and improvements to cricket facilities, is the result of strong community support received for such facilities during multiple rounds of consultation.

The implementation of the overall precinct plan will provide a range of new and improved facilities, experiences and recreational opportunities to create a multipurpose local outdoor hub, whilst retaining the environmental values of the precinct.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education & Member for Monbulk, James Merlino

“This is the largest regional Playspace in the Dandenongs and uniquely incorporates mosaic artwork created by local school kids.”

“The closure of the Olinda Golf Course presented a great opportunity to create a new public space to suit the needs of the whole community. This is a fantastic space for the people of Olinda. It’s the product of a great collaboration with the community that will be enjoyed for decades to come.”

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