Council to open 3 new playgrounds in Shellharbour City
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Shellharbour City Council is delivering on its promise to upgrade local parks, with three newly renewed playgrounds now open.
Re-construction of the playgrounds located at Dawes Park, Frasers Reserve, Mood Park, and Reddall Reserve began in October this year. All playgrounds are now complete, with the exception of Mood Park, which is expected to be finalised in December due to its larger scale of construction.
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said that investing in the city’s play spaces was a reflection of Council’s commitment to the community’s health and wellbeing.
“These new playgrounds have been creatively designed with the whole family in mind. Children can let their imaginations thrive, learn important skills through play and gain an early appreciation for the outdoors,” Cr Saliba said.
“Through high-quality recreational facilities, parents and guardians can have a place to meet while their children play and we can ensure that the spaces will be enjoyed for many years ahead,” she said.
Upgraded playground designs were developed through extensive community consultation.
More than 20,000 people engaged with the project at various stages of development and the new designs received an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from Council’s web-based feedback.
The designs for each park are dynamic and involve various elements that cater for accessibility, resting, sensory receptiveness, as well as balance, climbing and sliding.
Four other playgrounds will be renewed soon at Reddall Reserve (opposite Windang St) at Lake Illawarra, McDonald Park in Albion Park Rail and Ski Way Park and Central Park, both in Oak Flats. Upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.