Ghost ship at Bayview Park in Point Cook

Ghost ship Point Cook
Ghost ship for Bayview Park in Point Cook. Photo: Supplied

A ghost ship will be built at a Point Cook park that was destroyed by fire last September.

Wyndham council has released its final design for Bayview Park in the Alamanda estate, which is being rebuilt after its iconic pirate ship playground was destroyed by fire.

The rebuilt park will feature a ghost ship at the top of the hill with play activities for children. A new slide will be built at the bottom of the hill.

The park is expected to cost about $300,000.

The council received a $365,000 insurance payout after the fire.

The council’s final design includes a number of changes from its initial plans for the park, which also included a basketball court and bicycle track.

The council said the final design was in keeping with the wishes of the community, with the ghost ship structure to absorb most of the project’s funding.

Residents have lobbied for the park to be rebuilt as it was.

Bayview Park Steering Committee chairman, Cr Glenn Goodfellow, said this was not possible as the previous pirate shop had attracted anti-social behaviour such as vandalism, graffiti and high levels of rubbish.

“Council wanted to ensure the rebuilt park was in line with community expectations and playground safety standards,” Cr Goodfellow said.

“Once complete, this park will provide a new playground for local children and great meeting space for parents and those wanting to walk through the beautiful Alamanda Estate in Point Cook.”

Cr Goodfellow said the new design was the result of extensive community consultation, including barbecues, letterbox drops and surveys.

He said the steering committee, which included community representatives, felt the new design was “very striking” and had taken into account the public’s feedback.

Work on the park will begin before the first anniversary of the fire and will be completed this financial year.