Project update: October 2023

The new rocket ship touches down at Waverley Park! Media Release

The new rocket ship and launch tower rides at Waverley Park

The new rocket ship ride being installed next to the launch tower at Waverley Park.

After two rounds of consultation, Waverley Council is upgrading the play space in Waverley Park.

This project is proudly funded by the NSW Government in association with Waverley Council.

Project update: July 2023

We’re excited to see the playground take shape on-site following the completion of demolition works and the installation of underground services. The team are now working hard installing retaining walls and footpaths to create the level spaces the playground equipment will sit on, including the new rocket and launch tower. Play equipment will start being installed in the coming month through to spring, with the goal to have the playground ready for summer in late November, weather permitting.

Construction started at the end of February 2023 with work hours from 7am–5pm, Monday to Friday and 8am–1pm on Saturdays (if required).

During construction, the existing playground and fitness station will be closed.

About this project

Council is expanding and upgrading the play space, and relocating the existing fitness station off Park Parade, in Waverley Park, Bondi. This project also involves the replacement of pathway lighting to make the park a more welcoming space for the whole community to enjoy.

Following consultation on the draft Waverley Park Plan of Management at the end of 2021 and a second on the concept design for the play space, we proceeded with stages 1 and 2 starting construction early 2023. We will continue to seek opportunities for additional funding to deliver stage 3 as part of the 2024/25 Capital works program.

The community supported the upgrade to increase the size, age range (toddlers to early teens) and expand the types of play experiences.

For more information, read the 2022 consultation report.

The proposed concept design reflects the community's feedback by including things like restoring the historically larger footprint, moving into areas under the trees for nature, adventure and wild play, providing upgrades to the picinic area and the creation of an accessible and inclusive facility to cater for everyone in the community.

The concept design includes:

  • New rocketship and launch control play tower
  • Accessible and inclusive play options throughout the entire concept design
  • Active play areas (swings, spinners and see-saw)
  • Toddler play area (combination play unit, rockers, picnic setting and seating)
  • Nature/adventure and sensory play areas (rope climbing, balancing, water play and musical equipment)
  • Two embankment slides (one large and one accessible)
  • Accessible picnic area with tables, BBQ and bubbler
  • Accessible intergenerational fitness area (aimed at seniors health and wellbeing)

The play space upgrade restores the historical footprint of the original playground and enhances the existing open space for our all to enjoy.

Waverley Council has received a grant from the NSW Government’s Public Spaces Legacy Program, $1.4 million has been allocated to fund stage 1 and 2.

The remaining nature/adventure play area, picnic and intergenerational fitness areas will be upgraded when funding becomes available.

This play space design achieves Waverley's vision to upgrade to a district level play space catering to all visitors as identified in Waverley Council’s Play Space Strategy, Inclusive Play Space Study and Waverley Plan of Management.

How to have your say

The consultation period closed in September 2022.