Council unveils play space design

September 06, 2017

A bird’s-eye view of the new playground to be built at Lowe Square, Howlong.

The final design for the new playground at RSL Park in Corowa.

Federation Council has revealed the final design of four new playgrounds which are set to be completed by the end of November.

RSL Park in Corowa, Lowe Square and Memorial Park in Howlong and the Rand Recreation Reserve are just some of the sites included as part of Council’s Play Space Upgrade Program.

Meanwhile, an ‘Enchanted Hut’ is hoped to be one of the engaging and unique features for a smaller playground being planned at Memorial Park in Howlong.

The Enchanted Hut project will be subject to a successful grant application, which is expected to be known in October.

There are nine play space projects in total to be completed across the entire Federation Council area.

Some of the equipment at the existing playgrounds will be removed during the process of constructing the new play spaces as they no longer meet playground standards.

Administrator Mike Eden said he was pleased to see the first of these projects getting underway. “There has been a lot of planning and working with the community to get these playground designs right, but we think local families and visitors will really enjoy these spaces,” Mr Eden said.

Residents in Howlong and Corowa were given the opportunity to participate in a survey in April to help council understand the community’s ideas about play provision.

“We received some really valuable feedback from the community during the consultation process, which included discussions with some of our youngest residents,” Mr Eden said.

“It was important that this feedback was carefully considered and as a result, a number of changes to the initial concept designs have been made,” he said.

In Howlong, the consultation process resulted in an additional smaller playground being planned at Memorial Park.

A grant application has also been submitted to redevelop the existing rotunda at Memorial Park and incorporate this into the play space.

It is proposed to transform the structure into an Enchanted Hut that will be an engaging and inclusive feature of the playground.

“This is an exciting project that will not only make the playground quite unique, but we expect will be a real talking point and attract visitation to Howlong,” Mr Eden said.

The Rand Recreation Reserve will also receive a new playground, after the community was successful in an application for funding through round one of the Stronger Communities Program. The Rand Sports Ground and Town Improvement Committees have been working closely with Federation Council to finalise the new playground.

“Committee members have worked really hard to ensure that communities like Rand have access to quality infrastructure and I’m sure they will be very proud of what’s been achieved with this project,” Mr Eden said.

There are 3D drawings of the playgrounds now available on Federation Council’s website and signage will soon be installed at each site to communicate information about park closures throughout the construction phase.

The Lowe Square project had some key changes after community feedback was received and now includes the inclusion of a nest swing, a flying fox, additional slides and monkey bars.

Existing shade-sails will be re-used but all other existing equipment will be removed as it does not meet playground standards.

Construction of the playground was originally planned to be completed once the skate park was constructed, however will now be completed first to leverage cost savings associated with constructing the playground consecutively with Memorial Park.

Following an extensive quotation and design process, an order has now been placed for the playground equipment and installation is scheduled for the end of October.

The site will be closed to the public for about four weeks to allow for removal of the existing equipment, site preparation, installation of the new equipment and landscaping.

will soon be in place at Lowe Square to communicate details about the park closure to residents and visitors.

Council has also been working closely with the community to progress the redevelopment of Bangerang Park, which includes a new playground, toilet block with disabled access and baby change facilities, landscaping and connecting paths.

The Bangerang Park project is now expected to start early next year and has required further design work to ensure that feedback from the community on this project is carefully considered.

“We have also been trying to secure some additional grant funding to fund the new toilet block and we are hopeful this will be confirmed by the end of the year,” Mr Eden said.

Other projects progressing as part of the Play Space Upgrade Program include the Urana Scooter Park, Mulwala All Abilities Playground, Corowa Skate Park and Howlong Skate Park.

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