Feb 9, 2011

Playground Update

Council has had for many years now a policy of providing parks and recreation area based on surrounding demographics – putting playgrounds in the midst of those who will use them.
We did it with the regional playground at Booralee Park, which has proved to be a success way beyond what we had anticipated.
Over the past few months, Council has been working in a number of our parks and playgrounds and I thought I should give an update on playgrounds.
The new playground in Briget Tight in Eastlakes is finished and the new circular swing and the spider man climbing have added top this popular venue.  The circular swing allows a number of young children to enjoy themselves as a group while the spider man climbing allows for individual fun – all with parent and carer supervision.
At the Botany Aquatic Centre, the new playground equipment under the trees is increasing the attraction of one of our City’s popular recreational venues.  This is for the younger children with “bouncies”, climbing and the swing.  Again we’re matching equipment with demand.
The playground at Sir Joseph Banks Park is aimed at the under 6’s and if the numbers going there are any indication of success then we have a winner.  There are climbing bits, ropes, ladders, swings, “bouncies” and more along with a shaded area where parents and caers can keep an eye on the kids.  The special feature here is the water trickle that allows a few mud pies and fund with splashes of water.  This is one feature I think the kids like more than the parents and carers but to hear the squeals and laughter makes a bit of cleaning up more than worth while.
Work on our second regional playground at Jellicoe Park is well underway and you can get an idea of how the final playground will look.  Equipment will be, like at Booralee Park, for different age groups, separated with mounds and sitting walls.

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