Nestled between the magnificent river red gums along the Yarra River, and the remaining formal gardens of an early colonial estate, the new Yarra Bank play space is an inclusive and multi-sensory play destination.
As one of Melbourne’s earliest river crossing points, Yarra Bank Reserve was historically used as a canoe launching area by the Traditional Custodians. Today it plays host to the Hawthorn Rowing Club, rowing regattas, and the public.
The play space design acknowledges the multi-cultural and historical significance of the park through contemporary sculpture. These include indigenous themed and playful carvings as well as an interactive, inverted canoe sculpture. A gift celebrating Rotary’s 100 years of service, the canoe sculpture rows dreamily through the ‘sky river’, encouraging play, imagination, and co-operation.