The Fitzroy Adventure Playground Grant provides up to three years of funding to a not-for-profit organisation towards the operating of the Fitzroy Adventure Playground and management of the site. Although grant applications for the 2023-2026 grant have now closed, you can view the guidelines here.
Adventure playgrounds differ from regular playgrounds as they offer beneficial risk-taking during supervised play. They are open during set hours and children are supervised by qualified staff and volunteers.
In the 1970s, adventure playgrounds were established in five sites in the inner metropolitan area of Melbourne to support public housing communities. The adventure playground in Fitzroy is located near the Atherton Gardens public housing estate.
The Fitzroy Adventure Playground has always been operated by a community committee of management or a not-for-profit organisation. The former City of Fitzroy and the City of Yarra have supported the playground since its inception.
The playground was previously managed by Save the Children whose four-year grant agreement expires in 2023.
Why is Council funding the service with a grant?
A competitive grants process will help us choose the best provider, one that offers a high quality service at great value for the community.
Will families have to pay to use the service in the future?
No. The grant guidelines specify that the playground must be free and open to school aged children during the core hours (after school).
Why does Council refer to the ‘Fitzroy Adventure Playground’? Why not just say ‘Cubbies’?
Cubbies is a specific program. If there is a change of provider for the Fitzroy Adventure Playground, there may be a different name and/or a different mix of activities.