Work resumes on Little Park Playground

28/03/2018
 
Construction of the new playground at Little Park in Shellharbour has recommenced. All efforts are being made to have the playground completed for the April School holidays (weather dependant).

In addition to the playground upgrade, additional seating and the refurbishment of the amenities building and rotunda have been completed by Council staff.
 
Work ceased early last month after contractors found ceramic fragments on the site, found most likely to be from the mid-1800s but of low heritage significance.
 
After further assessment, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) gave the go-ahead to resume construction under the supervision of an archaeologist.
 
Further discoveries determined to be of low significance will be catalogued and given to Council for storage.
 
Assessment of the site indicated that items of low significance only were likely to be uncovered. However, work would have to cease again if items of significance were uncovered.
 
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said she was pleased to see work on the Little Park playground resume, and looked forward to seeing the community enjoying the end result.
 
Cr Saliba was particularly proud of the substantial community consultation that took place in the design of the playground, with more than 13,000 people sharing their ideas and feedback.
 
“Council staff have worked hard with the community to design a playground that will delight and entertain our local youngsters and the thousands of visiting children who also enjoy the Shellharbour Village foreshore every year,” Cr Saliba said.
 
“The main theme that emerged from the consultation was to use the natural assets of the space. The water, sand and fig trees were all important.
 
“Integration of the large fig tree was a focal point, with majority of participants wanting the tree to be part of the playground area.
 
“Students from Corpus Christi High School brought their ideas alive in a Minecraft animation, which was a consolidation of feedback gathered from students across years 7-12. Some of these elements can be seen in the final design,” Cr Saliba said.
 
Creative Recreation Solutions (CRS) is constructing the playground which features:
 
•  Play tower with slides, flying fox, swings
•  Nature play, tree fort with climbing activities
•  Rock climbing wall, climbing net, rope bridge
•  Musical play instruments
•  Tactile play, in-ground trampoline
 
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