City of Greater Bendigo staff have recommended the retention of a play space at Melbury Court in Epsom following a petition from residents against its proposed removal.
Following the release of the agenda for next Wednesday's council meeting, councillors will decide between two options in response to community feedback regarding the Melbury Court play space.
The first option would see the junior play equipment removed in place of a set of fun goals, tree planting and the installation of a new picnic setting.
As part of this plan, junior play equipment would be included in the Botanical Drive play space to ensure Melbury Court residents were still within 500 metres (as the crow flies) of junior and intermediate play equipment.
The second, and recommended, option is to retain the play space at Melbury Court for a period between three and five years while monitoring and maintaining it until a complete renewal is required.
A development of a multi-practice court and play space renewal at Botanical drive would continue under the second option.
As part of the city's Public Space Plan, the Melbury Court play space was originally recommended the play space be removed as it had "reached the end of its useful life" with nearby play spaces in Botanical Drive set to be further developed.
"Given the close proximity of the play spaces at Botanical Drive, Greenview Circuit and the nearby Bendigo Botanic Gardens it is recommended to remove the play space at Melbury Court as it is now at the end of its useful life," a letter to residents in November read.
Community reaction included a petition with more than 180 signatures as well as 31 written submission regarding Melbury Court.
In November, Epsom resident Lachlan O'Toole organised the petition and helped rally the community in an effort to keep the Melbury Court play space.
Since then, Mr O'Toole said there had been a lot of support for the community's actions.
"We had a lot of support from people around the area, particularly around our little courts," he said.
"(The two options) are a lot better than I thought they would be. It's good they have dropped the recommendation of removing (the space altogether).
"It's also good (reward for) everybody's effort in having their say at (community) meeting and by writing emails. Obviously (council staff) have listened to people in the area.
"Our ward councillors Andrea Metcalf and Malcolm Pethybridge have been giving it a lot of support."
Mr O'Toole said the park at Melbury Court had continued to be well used in the summer months.
"We have our Christmas party with neighbours in park each year and there were heaps of people in the park in the week before Christmas," he said.
"People bought deck chairs down and families from the courts that feed into park there went. We don't necessarily know each other beyond a nod and wave but it was good to get to know them more."