Treetop playground takes fun to new heights

Treetop fun has taken over the oldest playground in town with the City of Melbourne’s newest play space officially open to children of all ages. 

The Lincoln Square playground in Carlton features rope bridges, play towers, slides, swings and timber play structures high up in the trees, as well as a new barbecue and picnic area. 

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the park’s 150-year-old Moreton Bay fig trees were incorporated into the design of the playground creating exciting new spaces to explore up high.

‘We know ongoing restrictions have been incredibly hard on our community, so the completion of the Lincoln Square playground is perfectly timed to get restless kids out of the house and into the fresh air,’ the Lord Mayor said.

‘We hope this new state-of-the-art play space will bring some much-needed joy and excitement, and become one of our city’s most loved playgrounds.’

The playground upgrade is part of the City of Melbourne’s $3 million Lincoln Square Concept Plan, and also included the delivery of new lawn and garden beds, more trees, and improved footpaths, lighting and irrigation.

Health and Wellbeing portfolio lead Councillor Dr Olivia Ball said Carlton is one of the fastest-growing areas in the municipality and playgrounds like this are vital for the young families who call Carlton home. 

‘I used to live near Lincoln Square myself and it’s been a joy to see the City of Melbourne expand the park and now build this magnificent new playground,’ Cr Dr Ball said. 

‘By expanding and improving our green open spaces, we’re helping to ensure Melbourne remains a highly desirable place to live, work and visit.’

Lincoln Square has been home to the city’s first playground since it opened to the public in 1907. 

To find out more, visit Playgrounds.